Condon v. Haley
On October 15, 2014, Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a same-sex couple who seek to marry in the state. The couple, Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley, applied for a marriage license in Charleston County last week before the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples was stayed.
The case argues that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry in light of the 4th Circuit ruling in favor of the freedom to marry in Virginia. Because South Carolina is in the 4th Circuit, that ruling is binding there as well.
Bradacs v. Haley
On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court denied review of a federal legal case in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Virginia is unconstitutional. Because South Carolina is also in the 4th Circuit, the ruling created a binding precedent throughout the circuit, including in South Carolina. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to deny review, same-sex couples sought to remove the stay in this federal case seeking the freedom to marry so that judgment could be issued and the freedom to marry could come to South Carolina.
On August 28, 2013, private lawyers filed a federal lawsuit in the 4th Circuit on behalf of a same-sex couple seeking the freedom to marry in South Carolina. The couple, Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin, was married in 2012 in Washington, D.C. and are seeking respect for their marriage in their home state of South Carolina.
The case was stayed pending a decision at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bostic v. Schaefer in Spring 2014.