The state’s highest court on Thursday halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a federal court case in South Carolina challenging the constitutionality of the ban is settled.
According to the Rock Hill Herald even with a unanimous decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court, the issue left two probate judges, who issue licenses, with opposing responses.
Richland County probate judge Amy McCulloch said her office will continue to accept applications for licenses, while Lexington County probate judge Dan Eckstrom said his office will not accept them.
The probate court in South Carolina is the only place that issues marriage licenses. Most of the probate judges in the state are not even lawyers. Their courts are best known for marrying people.
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from states where same-sex marriage bans had been ruled unconstitutional.