Kayla, Kristin, Colleen, NicholsPost submitted by Michael Turner, guest contributor

On Wednesday morning, I proudly joined my friends Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley at Charleston Courthouse to see them pickup their marriage license, which was filed last month.

This brave couple was part of the Lambda Legal and SC Equality lawsuit Condon v. Haley. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel ruled in Condon v. Haley against South Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for marriage equality in South Carolina after denying the state's request for a stay of the district court ruling striking down the state's marriage ban.

Soon after Colleen and Nichols picked up their license, a second couple came to the court to wed.

It was almost surreal standing outside the courthouse witnessing the marriage ceremony of Kayla Bennett and Kristin Anderson.  It was a historic moment, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I'm excited and lucky to be apart of.

Marriage equality in South Carolina would have not been possible without the hard work and dedication of pioneers like Harriet Hancock and the work of local and national organizations dedicated to advancing equality in the South.

I will always remember November 19 as day I watched South Carolina acknowledge equal rights for all.

See more photos from marriages taking place across South Carolina this week:

Kayla and Kristin

Colleen and Nichols

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