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Wedding chapel weighs in on success from South Carolina same sex ruling

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - For local wedding chapels, yesterday's Supreme Court decision won't dramatically change business, since it has been legally recognized in South Carolina since November.

After much celebration and praise yesterday, the news of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling is starting to set in.

Same sex couples all over the country can now legally marry; something that before the ruling, wasn't allowed in nearly 14 states. South Carolina wasn't one of those 14.

"It seems like some days maybe half of the calls are from same sex,” said Lamar Boulware, a pastor at the Seaside Wedding Chapel in Little River.

Since South Carolina legally recognized same sex marriage in November, he's seen business more than triple. So much so, that he's now adding more staff to accommodate.

"We have staff now that will do same sex weddings, we have different staff members for different jobs,” the pastor explained.

Terry Livingston is the director for Takeover Grand Strand, a nonprofit raising awareness for the LGBTQ community.

He's seen folks traveling here for weddings since November and says it continues to get better for them.

“Yes it's been legal in South Carolina for roughly half a year, you know, now when they go back to their hometown, it's also going to be legal in those states as well,” He said.

Back at the chapel, Lamar Boulware is experiencing the change too. As a lifelong pastor, he's not sure what to think, but believes things work out the way they are supposed to.

"I feel that God wants people to be happy. I guess that's the bottom line for me,” He said.

We also reached out to several other local wedding chapels today. All of them say they've accommodated same sex weddings for months now and expect even more moving forward.

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