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TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-5000, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT A HUSBAND AND WIFE HAVE THE SAME STATE FILING STATUS AS FEDERAL STATUS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE TERMS 'HUSBAND', 'WIFE', AND 'SPOUSE' INCLUDE LEGAL SAME-SEX MARRIAGES FROM ANOTHER STATE AND MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED TO BE GENDER SPECIFIC.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 12-6-5000 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered subsection to read:
"( ) For purposes of this chapter, the terms 'husband', 'wife', and 'spouse' include legal same-sex marriages from another state and must not be construed to be gender specific."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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