SC lawmakers file bill to outlaw same-sex marriage

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. – Two upstate lawmakers have filed a bill that would outlaw same-sex marriage in South Carolina.

The lawmakers, State Rep. Mike Burns, R-Taylors and State Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Woodruff, introduced the bill, which would also define marriage as between one man and one woman and require the South Carolina attorney general to represent state officials in lawsuits over same-sex marriage.

“It’s caused a colossal of problems,” said Burns. “That’s where the legal jeopardy comes in and there are a number of avenues that haven’t been explored in relation to states’ rights issues.”

In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in June that same-sex marriage was legal nationwide.

Both Burns and Chumley said they would not let the Supreme Court ruling, which supersedes state law, dissuade them from moving forward with their bill.

“People who love the state and know that we love freedom – I suspect that a lot of them see this as I do,” said Chumley. “It’s not a Democrat or Republican issue.”

Chumley said he plans to have a legal scholar speak with other state lawmakers later this month.

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