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Top US court green-lights South Carolina gay marriage

US Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by South Carolina's Republican governor to suspend a federal court decision last week that overturned the states's ban on same-sex marriageThe US Supreme Court flashed a green light for same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday when it rejected an appeal filed by the southern state’s Republican governor. Its decision brought to 34 the number of American states where gay and lesbian marriages are legal. In a brief decree, seven of the nine Supreme Court justices rejected Governor Nikki Haley’s request to suspend a federal court decision last week that overturned South Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. Dissenting were two of the top court’s most conservative justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

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