The more South Carolina tries to stop marriages from happening, the more it may wind up costing them.
The legislation would protect public employees from punishment if they cite religious beliefs in denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
With the Supreme Court's refusal to delay a pro-equality decision, South Carolina officially becomes the 35th state to embrace marriage equality.
Antigay state officials have Chief Justice John Roberts as their last hope to stop same-sex marriage.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled South Carolina's marriage ban unconstitutional, but placed his decision on hold until November 20.
While other governors and attorneys general have abandoned their defense of marriage bans, officials in three states have refused to give up their quixotic antigay legal agendas.
Same-sex couples seeking marriage rights are 'Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life,' says Republican candidate Anthony Culler.
The state's Supreme Court, at the request of Attorney General Alan Wilson, has blocked issuance of such licenses.
Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley may become the first same-sex couple to legally wed in South Carolina.
Columbia, S.C.'s mayor became the 500th mayor to sign on with Freedom to Marry, a bipartisan organization asking for the end of marriage discrimination.