As allowed by law, the two couples — Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin, Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley — who challenged South Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban in federal court are seeking some almost $250,000 in court costs but Attorney General Alan Wilson is once again balking at following the law.
Wilson was like a dog with a bone when the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that South Carolina couldn’t deny same-sex couples the right to marry, or couples who married out of state to have their marriages recognized here. Wilson appealed that ruling and, as we all know now, lost that appeal, but now he’s refusing to pay the court costs … once more costing the taxpayers of the state money.
His fight cost us money, and now his refusal to pay — which he will almost certainly lose — will cost us the money for that trial as well as the $250,000 being asked for by those two couples.
Let it go, Alan. You lost. We all knew you’d lose, and yet you fight and lose and then fight and lose again. And you’re going to lose here as well, and then We The People will be stuck with that bill, too.
Wilson says in papers filed last week that he was merely defending the law of the land as it stood before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage in late June except that wasn’t entirely true, once the district court ruled last fall. But Alan Wilson is a loser — look at me, I’m Donald [t]Rump — who doesn’t like to lose, but seems to be able to only do that.
Pay the money, Alan; we won the right to marry and the plaintiffs in both cases deserve to have their legal fees taken care of by the state.
Build a bridge and get over it.