LGBT equality took a massive step forward in , primarily due to the fact that same-sex couples won the right to marry in 35 states, plus the District of Columbia — nearly double the number that allowed marriage equality at this time last year. Some of those states are in surprising parts of the U. But LGBT advocates are still pushing for that long-awaited Supreme Court ruling on whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to wed. That day now looks to be closer than ever, with four federal appeals courts having ruled in favor of marriage equality, and one — the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals — having ruled against it. With same-sex couples winning the right to marry and receive spousal benefits in more states, gay and lesbian parents are also getting a boost. However, some states still make it quite difficult for same-sex couples to raise children.
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By Andrew Collins. For a relatively small city population , in the most conservative state on the Eastern Seaboard, Columbia has a surprisingly fervent gay nightlife scene. A couple of the town's most popular gay bars are directly within view of the stately capital building, and you'll find a few more mixed but gay-friendly bars and hangouts in the hip Five Points neighborhood, not far from the campus of the University of South Carolina. If Columbia isn't exactly a gay mecca, it does nevertheless rank among the more gay-welcoming destinations in the state, and it hosts the annual South Carolina Gay Pride celebration in late October each year. Here's a sampling, in alphabetical order, of fun, gay-friendly places to drink and dine in this friendly city and hub of South Carolina politics and education.
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