It’s time to stop pretending. Gay marriage is coming to South Carolina and it’s time for our residents and elected officials to deal with that inevitability.
The handwriting has been on the wall since the U.S, Supreme Court overturned DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, a couple of years ago. Since then, same-sex marriage bans have been deemed unconstitutional just about everywhere the courts have ruled. That streak reached the South for the first time yesterday when the Fourth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over South Carolina, ruled that Virginia’s ban was unconstitutional.
South Carolina and North Carolina have responded differently to that ruling, with a top official in the Tar Heel state saying he won’t waste more time trying to uphold the state’s ban against same-sex marriage, while South Carolina’s attorney general, and Gov. Nikki Haley suggested they will continue moving full steam ahead.
That shouldn’t be a surprise. Wasting taxpayer money for ideological purposes has become a hallmark of the Haley administration, like her decision to turn down billions of dollars of federal help to provide Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of poor residents. I must say, though, her position is at least principled and transparent than her likely opponent in November, Vincent Sheheen, who seems scare of saying how he really feels about this.
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A civil right such as the right to marry should not have been left up to a public vote as it was in South Carolina and most other states. It’s about time those unjust laws were overturned. And it will happen here as it has in most other places.
Our residents and elected officials better get used to that thought.