Supreme Court – Gay Marriage – South Carolina

The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states officially ends South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson’s defense of the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Wilson said Friday’s court ruling delivered a “devastating blow” to states’ rights.

The high court’s ruling affected 14 states still enforcing a ban.

Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Susie Prueter with the Alliance for Full Acceptance says she’s glad South Carolina was not at the end of the line this time.

The first gay marriage licenses in South Carolina were issued Nov. 19, following a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. State government agencies have been recognizing gay marriages since then.

But Wilson vowed then to keep fighting, calling it his duty to defend the state ban approved by voters in 2006.

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