SC ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS OFFICE HAS “OBLIGATION TO DEFEND STATE LAW”
(COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 12, 2014) South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement regarding today’s ruling by U.S. District Court judge Richard Gergel:
“Today’s ruling comes as no surprise and does not change the constitutional obligation of this Office to defend South Carolina law, including, but not necessarily limited to, appeal to the Fourth Circuit. Therefore, we will immediately appeal to the Fourth Circuit.
“Also, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld traditional marriage. Therefore, we have opposing rulings between federal circuits, which means it is much more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court could resolve the matter at the national level. We believe this office has an obligation to defend state law as long as we have a viable path to do so.
“Finally, our state’s laws on marriage are not identical to those in other states. Therefore, based on the time-honored tradition of federalism, this Office believes South Carolina’s unique laws should have their day in court at the highest appropriate level.”
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