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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
January 17, 2007
Introduced by Senators Hawkins, Campsen, Vaughn, Ryberg, Knotts and Elliott
S. Printed 1/17/07--S.
Read the first time January 9, 2007.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 154) to ratify an amendment to Article XVII of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, relating to miscellaneous matters, by adding Section 15 so as to provide that marriage between one, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
DICK ELLIOTT for Committee.
TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS, BY ADDING SECTION 15 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE ONLY LAWFUL DOMESTIC UNION THAT IS VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN THIS STATE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE OR ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS MAY NOT CREATE ANY OTHER DOMESTIC UNION AND MAY NOT RECOGNIZE A DOMESTIC UNION CREATED BY ANOTHER JURISDICTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The amendment to Article XVII of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, prepared under the terms of Joint Resolution 45 of 2005, having been submitted to the qualified electors at the General Election of 2006 as prescribed in Section 1, Article XVI of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, and a favorable vote having been received on the amendment, is ratified and declared to be a part of the constitution so that Section 15 as added to Article XVII reads:
"Section 15. A marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This State and its political subdivisions shall not create a legal status, right, or claim respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. This State and its political subdivisions shall not recognize or give effect to a legal status, right, or claim created by another jurisdiction respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. Nothing in this section shall impair any right or benefit extended by the State or its political subdivisions other than a right or benefit arising from a domestic union that is not valid or recognized in this State. This section shall not prohibit or limit parties, other than the State or its political subdivisions, from entering into contracts or other legal instruments."
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