• 1st same-sex marriage licenses issued in South Carolina

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) (AP)ong> - A judge has issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina, ahead of a planned move by the state's attorney general to block such unions.

    Early Wednesday, the office of Probate Judge Irvin Condon in Charleston said that he had issued six licenses to same-sex couples.

    York County announced it will start issuing marriage licenses at 8 a.m. Thursday. Lancaster County said it will start issuing licenses at 8:30 a.m.

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    The judge's attorney, John Nichols, says the way was cleared for issuing the licenses by a decision in a case in Columbia. On Tuesday, the judge in that case ruled that South Carolina must recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple performed in Washington, D.C.

    Last month, the South Carolina Supreme Court told probate judges not to issue any marriage licenses until there was a decision in that case. Nichols says Tuesday's ruling was that decision, so Condon is issuing licenses.

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