Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Agenda: Courts rule on landmark school equity, gay marriage cases; Gaillard won't be done for Spoleto

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Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

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Courts in South Carolina handed down two landmark cases yesterday on gay marriage and school equity:

The state had been bracing for a ruling on a decision over whether Colleen Condon and her partner Nichols Bleckley could legally get married in South Carolina, and on Wednesday, federal District Court Judge Richard Gergel struck down the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Gay marriages can start being performed in S.C. beginning November 20. Read Paul Bowers' digest of where the law stands right now and where it's headed. [NPR, The State, CP]

In a surprise move, though, the S.C. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a school funding equity case that's languished before the court for two decades, siding with the rural schools who joined the case that alleged the education funding structure for created innate inequality within the state's school system, leading to disparities in education between urban and rural districts. The duty of fulfilling the orders laid out in the ruling now falls to the legislature. [The State, SC Radio

City Paper food writer and author Robert F. Moss writes on SeriousEats.com today: "How Thanksgiving, the 'Yankee Abolitionist Holiday,' Won Over the South" [Serious Eats]

Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page urged unity in her State of the Town address on Tuesday, saying that she hopes to allay tensions over development that have consumed the town in recent months [CRBJ]

State legislators are also considering tougher penalties for those convicted of domestic violence, including revoking gun rights for offenders. [The State, P&C]

The timeline for the completion for the new Gaillard Center has slipped, the mayor said yesterday, meaning that it won't be ready for Spoleto Festival USA in May 2015. New city offices, which will also be in the same complex, will be ready by March. [P&C]

From The State opinion page, Cindi Scoppe questions the legality of Bobby Harrell using campaign money on his legal defense: "Was misspending campaign funds really part of Bobby Harrell’s ‘duties as a holder of elective office’?" [The State]


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