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Judge gives extra time for state to answer S.C. gay marriage lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge has given S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and State Attorney General Alan Wilson an extra seven weeks to file an answer to a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage bans.

The lawsuit, filed in the Columbia division of federal court late August, was brought by an S.C. Highway Patrol trooper and the woman she legally married in Washington, D.C., last year.

“The defendants request this additional time to respond due to the significant issues in this case,” said a motion submitted by Wilson on behalf of himself and Haley.

Judge Joe Anderson granted the extension, noting that Columbia lawyers John Nichols and Carrie Warner – who represent the two women who brought the lawsuit – did not object.

Haley and Wilson must now file their answers by Nov. 15, Anderson’s motion said. Originally, they had until this Friday.

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