Horry County waits to issue same-sex marriage licenses as state battle continues

As others in South Carolina scurry to adjust to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Horry County is quietly abiding by the rules it was given to not open the licensing process until noon Thursday.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said Wednesday he will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent same-sex marriages from beginning in the state on Thursday.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied Wilson’s request to put on hold a judge’s order allowing the marriages. Last week U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel threw out South Carolina’s state constitutional ban on such marriages and said they could begin at noon Thursday.