Equality rallyGroups across the state (AP) are rallying in support of gay marriage today as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments (SC Radio Network) in two cases having to do with gay marriage this week. One case being heard Tuesday (P&C), challenges California’s Prop 8, and another has to do with the Defense of Marriage Act. Check out the CP’s preview of the rally from last week.

I choose you – If endorsements, fundraising, and expectations were votes on election day, Mark Sanford would have the SC-1 nomination wrapped up. After the 16-candidate primary battle royale, both Sanford and his runoff opponent Curtis Bostic are scrambling to get the backing of their former rivals, with Sanford earning the favor of Blandford, King, Pinkston, and Moffly, while Bostic received the endorsement of former state Sen. John Kuhn. Meanwhile, the flurry of prospective 2016 Democratic presidential candidates stopping in the Palmetto State may end up helping SC-1 nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, says Roll Call. Check back later today, Public Policy Polling says they have an early survey which shows Colbert Busch with an edge over Sanford in a hypothetical head-to-head poll.

Final boarding – FAA budget cuts as a result of massive federal cutbacks will result in the closing of four small S.C. airport control towers in North Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, and Greenville beginning April 7. Officials say the tower closings shouldn’t ground flights, as controllers from other airports assist others affected by the cuts, but could create safety concerns for pilots and hurt business recruitment efforts in areas near the air strips.

Not just Paris/Milan – CNN takes a look at non-blockbuster fashion weeks in cities not named Milan, London, Paris, and New York. Charleston, Nashville, Austin, and Cleveland get some love including an in-depth talk with local fashion week emerging designer Afriyie Poku.

Chas kids to stay put – Bowing to significant community pressure, the Charleston County School Board reversed a previous decision Monday that would have moved students from in McClellanville and Hollywood-area schools for the 2013-14 school year.

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