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NC, SC Officials File Their Own Same-Sex Marriage Arguments With Supreme Court

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  Elected leaders from across the Carolinas have weighed in on the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over Tuesday. The cases are out of Ohio and three other states, but they'll determine whether any state can ban same-sex marriage.

South Carolina's attorney general, and mayors from several small and large Carolina cities have added their two cents to the debate. Their arguments are part of the massive stack of friend-of-the-court briefs filed in the same-sex marriage cases.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson argues bans should be up to the states. The Republican is continuing his fight against court rulings that opened up South Carolina to same-sex marriage in November.

Several North Carolina mayors from the Triangle and Asheville are on the other side of the argument. The Democrats joined more than 200 mayors nationwide to argue the bans are oppressive and violate equal rights. Federal judges struck down North Carolina's ban in October.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to settle this by the end of June.