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Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in SC

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM EST
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Since the Probate Court office opened at 8 a.m. in downtown York, 10 same sex couples applied to be married in the county on Thursday.

Couples like Wendell Hunt and Barry Turner have been under a civil union since 2005 and say they're excited to get married Friday, after the 24-hour wait that comes along with applying for a marriage license. South Carolina state law says any couple must wait 24 hours before the license is actually issued.

Probate judges in York and Lancaster County began accepting marriage license applications and 8 a.m. while officials in Chester began at noon.

The decision follows two federal court developments on Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court in Richmond rejected State Attorney General Alan Wilson's appeal for an injunction of last week's ruling that gay couples in South Carolina must be able to wed.

A newly released form adds "spouse" as an alternative to bride and groom.

The 4th Circuit Court had previously struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, causing other states in the South Atlantic region to begin issuing marriage licenses.

As for Hunt and Turner, they're just happy they can be treated like any other couple in America. "We're legitimate now, we're not just second class. We're not just another news story. Within years from now this won't be a news story, it'll just be a marriage," said Hunt.

Coming up at 5, Kristen Hampton has reaction from couples and state officials still fighting to stop the marriages.

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