South Carolina

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in South Carolina so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.

In August 2013, private lawyers filed a federal lawsuit, Bradacs v. Haley, seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the state of South Carolina. Read more about marriage litigation in South Carolina.

HISTORY:

In 2006, anti-gay forces in South Carolina pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status. 

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • SC Equality is a statewide coalition of fair-minded individuals, religious groups, and social justice organizations working to secure civil and human rights for all citizens of South Carolina, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Alliance for Full Acceptance is a social justice organization achieving equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

POLLING DATA:

A majority of residents in South Carolina (54%) support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, December 2012  

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 7,214 same-sex couples are living in South Carolina, representing 4.0 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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Resources Related to South Carolina

South Carolina Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in South Carolina.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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