South Carolina gay rights supporters planning march to Statehouse tonight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Supporters of gay marriage plan to march in Columbia after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in two gay marriage cases.
The court on Wednesday struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices ruled that opponents of gay marriage didn’t have the right to appeal lower court rulings that struck down a ban on same-sex unions.
South Carolina Equality and other gay rights organizations plan to march in downtown Columbia at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The groups plan to march to the Statehouse and then up Main Street to Columbia City Hall.