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South Carolina Natural Marriage Defense Act (H 4513)

This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2016


South Carolina


H 4513


Failed to Pass


Jan 12, 2016


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


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

H 4513 would require the state of South Carolina to defend natural marriage as between one man and one woman as recognized by the people of South Carolina, regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Under this bill, the attorney general would be required to defend any state or local government official from any lawsuit regarding the official’s recognition of natural marriage as defined by this provision.

Under this bill, state or local agencies or officials would not be able to enforce any court order that has the effect of violating South Carolina’s laws protecting natural marriage or levy upon the property or arrest the person of any government official or individual who does not comply with any unlawful court order regarding natural marriage within South Carolina.


Based on model legislation drafted by the Liberty Counsel.