LGBT rights in South Carolina
|LGBT rights in South Carolina|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 2003
(Lawrence v. Texas)
|Gender identity/expression||Altering sex on birth certificate requires sex reassignment surgery|
|Discrimination protections||None statewide|
|South Carolina Amendment 1 limits marriage to man/woman, places restrictions on non-marriage types of same-sex unions|
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.
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.
- 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
- "Cities and Counties with Non-Discrimination Ordinances that Include Gender Identity". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
- Comer, Matt (June 11, 2014). "Myrtle Beach passes far-reaching LGBT protections". Q-Notes. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- "Municipal Equality Index". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Comer, Matt (June 8, 2011). "South Carolina county passes non-discrimination ordinance". Q-Notes. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Human Resources Campaign: South Carolina Hate Crimes Law, accessed April 10, 2011