STATUS: Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of South Carolina's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits relationship recognition for same-sex couples in the state.
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:
- South Carolina Equality Coalition 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.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
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.
Blog Posts Related to South Carolina
This month, Freedom to Marry is working to Light Up the Map by urging mayors from all across the United States to voice their support for marriage for same-sex couples and become Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.
This week, John Hawkins, a Republican who served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1996 to 2008 and spent the last eight years of his term as a Senator, spoke out about the freedom to marry, expressing regret for leading the charge to pass an anti-marriage amendment in SC in 2006.
For the past week, the Campaign for Southern Equality has been touring across the South with its "We Do" campaign, where same-sex couples request marriage licenses and provoke denials in order to illustrate the discriminatory marriage laws in these states. Check out stories and video from the campaign!
Resources Related to South Carolina
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in South Carolina.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".