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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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Police confront George Floyd protesters

Photo Credit: Geoff Livingston

With a deranged narcissist in the Oval Office and his lackey controlling the Department of Justice, there is no point in looking to the federal government to curb police violence. Instead, President Donald J. Trump will do everything in his power to encourage it. In the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd, he has demanded that governors crack down on protestors: "You have to dominate. ... If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time," he told them.

Moreover, most local police authorities are under local control -- mayors, city councils, district attorneys, police chiefs, sheriffs. That's where the accountability for police misconduct begins.

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