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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Federal Court Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in South Carolina

... “The Bostic court... [observed] that the “very purpose of the Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”

... The Court finds that Bostic controls the disposition of the issues before this Court and establishes, without question, the right of Plaintiffs to marry as same sex partners...

Judge Richard Mark Gergel, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, November 12, 2014.

      click here to read entire decision (not quite primary source)

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