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By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

A last-minute appeal to halt same-sex marriages in South Carolina was rejected by the Supreme Court on Thursday, a move that clears the way for gay and lesbian couples to wed in the state.

South Carolina Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson filed an application for a stay with the court after the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected his effort to block marriages between same-sex couples that are set to begin Thursday at noon.

In the Supreme Court ruling rejecting the application for a stay, conservative Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

A pair of federal judges in the state have already ruled against the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

More than two dozen South Carolina residents have applied for same-sex marriage licenses, according to the South Carolina Equality, which advocates on behalf of the state’s LGBT community.

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