Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesSouth Carolina

Status: Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Bradacs v. Haley, a same-sex couple, represented by private counsel, is challenging South Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples in federal court. The plaintiffs argue that the state’s ban violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution, in addition to the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

Spicewood v. Thompson pertains to a couple who had been together for thirteen years but decided to seperate.  The result was that the plaintiff lost her health insurance and was evicted from her home.  The plaintiff is seeking alimony and division of property she owned jointly with the defendant.  The couple was not married, but the plaintiff seeks to deem the couple legally common law married.  The suit was filed March 13, 2014.