Request to halt S.C. gay marriages denied, Attorney General Alan Wilson to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Without Court's intervention, gay marriages can begin at noon on Thursday

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After a federal appeals court denied Republican South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's request to stop gay marriages in South Carolina from beginning Thursday, Wilson says his office will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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"This issue has not yet been resolved nationally," said Wilson in a press release after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request that would have put a stay on a federal judge's ruling last week that threw out the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The unanimous order by a panel of three Fourth Circuit judges said simply, "Upon consideration of submissions relative to appellant's motion for stay pending appeal, the court denies the motion and denies the alternate request for a temporary stay."

Setting up the appeal to the nation's high court, Wilson said, "It is still likely the U.S. Supreme Court will address conflicting rulings between federal circuit courts of appeal." Wilson said the conflicts require him to continue fighting to uphold the South Carolina law, approved by more than three-fourths of S.C. voters in 2006.

Without action by the Supreme Court by Thursday, same-sex couples in South Carolina can legally be married beginning at noon.

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