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South Carolina ‘Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act’ (H 4949)

This law was last updated on Oct 22, 2018

This law is Anti–LGBTQ Model Bill


South Carolina


H 4949


Failed to Pass


Feb 15, 2018


Primary Sponsors: 1
Co-sponsors: 5
Total Sponsors: 6


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

H 4949 would amend state law to define same-sex marriage as “parody marriage,” and prohibit the state from recognizing such marriages.

The bill defines “marriage” to mean a union of one man and one woman, and any marriage that does not involve one man and one woman as a “parody marriage.”

The bill argues that “all forms of parody marriage and all self-asserted sex-based identity narratives and sexual orientations that fail to check out the human design are part of the religion of Secular Humanism.”

The bill further argues that “marriage between and man and a woman arose out of the nature of things and marriage between a man and a woman is natural, neutral, and noncontroversial, unlike parody forms of marriage.”

If passed, the state would no longer respect, endorse, or recognize any form of same-sex marriage policy. The state would no longer longer enforce, recognize, or respect any policy that treats sexual orientation as a suspect class.

The state would continue to recognize marriage between one man and one woman “because such marriage policies are secular, accomplishing nonreligious objectives.”

Related Legislation

Nearly identical to Wyoming’s Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act (HB 167). Both bills were co-written by Chris Sevier (Severe), a person with a history of anti-LGBTQ stunt lawsuits.