South Carolina Proposes Bill Stopping Same-Sex Marriage
Jan 11, 2016 03:23 AM EST
South Carolina lawmakers draft a bill to stop same-sex marriage. SC local government will challenge the Supreme Court rule.
According to WJCL, the bill is called "South Carolina Natural Marriage Defense Act". The bill will prevent same-sex marriage to happen as it will define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only. The bill also suggests that the South Carolina Attorney General will defend state officials who denied giving marriage license to gay couples. The biggest thing this bill would defy is the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that legalized gay marriage.
Two lawmakers wrote the draft of the said bill, stated WRDW. The two Republican lawmakers are from the upstate area. Rep. Bill Chumley and Rep. Mike Burns filled the bill last month. The judiciary committee will review the bill tomorrow when the session opens. Chumley said he was just voicing out the wants of the public. The citizens want marriage to be limited between a man and a woman only.
Christian Today reported that the bill will likely lose in Federal courts. Legislators are there to act in accordance with the Constitution and other faithfully passed laws stated Derek Black, a University of South Carolina law professor. The judiciary is there to interpret laws and the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the law like that so the legislators should follow it. But constitutional conflicts arise in many states after it was passed.
If South Carolina will continue to maintain its resistance with the law, the federal mandate would be ignored creating inhibitions that will certainly gum up the works, as stated in the Tenth Amendment Center. It also stated that marriage was left for the states to decide on how they would like it to be as the original Constitution said. It was changed when the Supreme Court released its order last June. The possibility of the bill to be passed is in accordance to how the people want it to be.