November 20, 2014
Who would have thunk it? Not so long ago it seemed like South Carolina would be the last state in the union to recognize or allow same sex marriage. Now it won’t be long before we wonder what all the fuss was about.
According to news reports, the first same sex marriage in South Carolina occurred Wednesday morning in Charleston. And now it is off to the races with the US Supreme Court declining to intervene in an appeal from the the state to stop same sex marriage.
We congratulate all those same sex couples who are now able to obtain the protections and benefits afforded under the law to married couples. However, we also caution you that marriage is a two sided sword and can just as easily work against you if the marriage dissolves. So go in with your eyes open and learn to protect yourselves.
Marriage opens up a long list of options not available to unmarried individuals from hospital visitation to social security benefits to estate planning. So regardless of your particular perspective, we look forward to helping the good people of South Carolina sift through their options as the newly acquired constitutional rights of same sex couples are now allowed to coexist in harmony with the rights of everyone else. Please feel free to call us at 803 732-4288 if we can be of assistance to you.