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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    Unknown
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    Ambiguous
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Support for LGBT protections by US state

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing?"

 
Favor (58%)

Opposition of religiously based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs"

 
Oppose (53%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #46 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

(54%) Oppose
Favor (40%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #45 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Which statement comes closer to your own views: homosexuality should be accepted by society OR homosexuality should be discouraged by society?"

(42%) Oppose
Support (51%)

History

Homosexual activity in South Carolina

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Homosexual activity in South Carolina is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2003
Legal
Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
Sources:
Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)
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Until 1873
Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
South Carolina was the last state to repeal the usage of capital punishment for homosexuality.
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Same-sex marriage in South Carolina

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Same-sex marriage in South Carolina is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 20, 2014
Legal
Supreme Court allowed same sex marriage to commence
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in South Carolina

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in South Carolina is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Right to change legal gender in South Carolina

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Right to change legal gender in South Carolina is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Legal, but requires surgery
Requires surgery to change gender on drivers licenses. Changes pending. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in South Carolina

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in South Carolina is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Not currently recognized.
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LGBT discrimination in South Carolina

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LGBT discrimination in South Carolina is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No protections from discrimination exist based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.
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Aug 10, 2016–Jul 25, 2018
Illegal in some contexts
under City discrimination protections.
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LGBT employment discrimination in South Carolina

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LGBT employment discrimination in South Carolina is no protections.

Current status
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment.
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Feb 2, 2018–Jul 25, 2018
Ambiguous
In four cities.
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LGBT housing discrimination in South Carolina

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LGBT housing discrimination in South Carolina is no protections.

Current status
No protections
This state does not provide any legal protections from discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.

However, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted
housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Same-sex adoption in South Carolina

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Same-sex adoption in South Carolina is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
Single-parent and joint adoptions are permitted by statute. Second-parent adoption varies by judge and county.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/south-carolina
SC Laws §20-7-1680
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Jan 1, 2016–Sep 5, 2018
Single only
Under state law only.
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Serving openly in military in South Carolina

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Serving openly in military in South Carolina is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 20, 2011
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in South Carolina

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Blood donations by MSMs in South Carolina is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
Blood donation centers follow the new FDA 3-month deferral guidance.
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Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
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1983–Dec 21, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in South Carolina

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Conversion therapy in South Carolina is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it.
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Sep 7, 2016–Jul 16, 2018
Not banned
Not criminalized in this state.
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Equal age of consent in South Carolina

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Equal age of consent in South Carolina is equal.

Current status
Equal
Age of consent laws are equitable, regardless of gender or orientation.
Sources:
South Carolina State Law:
SECTION 16-3-651
SECTION 16-3-655
SECTION 16-15-140
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