Posted by: Catherine Lugg | August 2, 2011

Gay marriage in South Carolina

Okay, so the state has not had a “come to Jesus moment” (as it were) and decided to embrace its queer children. But the major paper for the state, The State, has started posted queer wedding announcements complete with photos. 

Gregory Maurice Smith and William Leonard Hasty III were married July 26, 2011, at Town Hall in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The 9 a.m. ceremony was performed by Christina Battalia, Town Clerk.

Greg, 52, is the Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Denihan Hospitality group in New York City. He graduated from Tulane University and received a B.A. in English literature. He also received a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Greg is the son of the late Percy Smith and Daisy Smith Green. Percy Smith was a pitcher with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Old Negro Baseball League. He also worked for the Mobile County Public School System and retired after 20 years of service. Daisy Smith Green is a native and lifelong resident of Mobile, Ala.

William, 45, is the son of William Leonard Hasty, Jr., a retired State Farm agent, of Bishopville, S.C., and Marie Baker Hasty, an Office Manager, of West Columbia, S.C. William is the grandson of the late William Leonard Hasty, Sr. and Mamie Louise Hasty of Bishopville, S.C. William graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English in 1987. He is currently a Homemaker.

The couple met in Columbia, S.C., in February 1984. Gregory and William were both commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. Best men for the wedding were the couple’s two sons, Dudley Smith Hasty and Baker Smith Hasty.

The couple will honeymoon in Niagara Falls and reside with their two sons in Larchmont, N.Y.

If  The State is now posting the marriage announcement of a gay interracial couple, change is coming to South Carolina–a state historically wedded to racism and homophobia.  In a summer of heartbreaking political news (see debt ceiling follies–I’m with Krugman on this), I’ll take good news where I can find it, and this is FABULOUS news!

HT Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters


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