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Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina

Jennifer Rose, a county government employee and Sara Meadows, a teacher, file a marriage license application in CharlestonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request to block gay marriage from proceeding in South Carolina, clearing the way for it to become the 35th U.S. state where same-sex marriage is legal. The order was another victory for gay marriage advocates after a federal judge in Montana on Wednesday struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “We’re really thrilled,” said Jeff Ayers, board chairman of South Carolina Equality. “This proves that all the way to the highest court, these were our rights from the beginning. …

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