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|LGBT rights in South Carolina|
South Carolina (US)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of South Carolina face some legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in South Carolina. Same-sex couples and families headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for all of the protections available to opposite-sex married couples.
 Laws against homosexuality
 Recognition of same-sex relationships
South Carolina voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2006 that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman and prohibited the recognition of same-sex relationships under any other name. Similar restrictions appear in the state statutes as well.
 Adoption and parenting
South Carolina permits adoption by individuals. There are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoptions.
 Discrimination protection
No provision of South Carolina law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity.
 Hate crime laws
South Carolina does not have a hate crimes law.
 Public opinion
An August 2011 Public Policy Polling survey found that 21% of South Carolina voters thought that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 69% thought it should be illegal and 10% were not sure. A separate question on the same survey found that 48% of South Carolina voters supported the legal recognition of same-sex couples, with 19% supporting same-sex marriage, 29% supporting civil unions but not marriage, 51% favoring no legal recognition and 2% not sure.
An December 2012 Public Policy Polling survey found that 27% of South Carolina voters thought that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 62% thought it should be illegal and 10% were not sure. A separate question on the same survey found that 54% of South Carolina voters supported the legal recognition of same-sex couples, with 25% supporting same-sex marriage, 29% supporting civil unions but not marriage, 43% favoring no legal recognition and 4% not sure
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 LGBT organizations
- Alliance for Full Acceptance
- South Carolina Equality Coalition
- South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement
- South Carolina Pride
 LGBT community centers
 LGBT youth organizations
 Higher education LGBT resource offices
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- Marghretta Adeline Hagood, "South Carolina's Sexual Conduct Laws After Lawrence v. Texas," in South Carolina Law Review, Summer 2010.
- CNN: 2006 Key Ballot Measures, accessed April 10, 2011
- Human Resources Campaign: South Carolina Marriage/Relationship Recognition Law, accessed April 10, 2011
- Human Resources Campaign: South Carolina Adoption Law , accessed April 10, 2011
- Human Resources Campaign: South Carolina Non-Discrimination Law, accessed April 10, 2011
- Human Resources Campaign: South Carolina Hate Crimes Law, accessed April 10, 2011
- Public Policy Polling: "SC against gay marriage, Tea Party; Dems want Hillary in '16," September 9, 2011, accessed September 9, 2011
- "Haley trails Sheheen, Graham getting stronger". Public Policy Polling. Retrieved December 15, 2012.