With the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of an emergency stay that would have put off gay marriages in S.C. yesterday, nearly every media outlet in the state is writing a local-interest story about the effect it has in their area. Here are a few:

Rock Hill Herald – “Legalization of same-sex marriage means Fort Mill moms, children can make their family official”
Live 5 – “Same-sex marriages in SC also creating new opportunities for ministers”
The State – “SC same-sex couples, denied before, get married as Supreme Court steps aside”
Florence Morning News – “First same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Florence”
Aiken Standard – “Aiken County ties the knot on gay marriage: ‘Not just about us”
Orangeburg Times and Democrat – “County begins licensing same-sex marriages”

Florence native and Wofford grad Ben Ingram came up big last night in the first day of the two-round Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, besting other champions Arthur Chu and Julia Collins. He’ll play tonight for a chance to win $250,000. (Video from one of the ‘post-game chats’ that Jeopardy has been posting after rounds.) [Spartanburg Herald Journal]

Alan Wilson had a busy day yesterday. After being rebuffed by the Supreme Court and getting engaged to CP Editor Chris Haire, he also rolled out his plans for stiffer penalties for criminal domestic violence offenders before a House committee in Columbia. [P&C]

After President Obama announced his intention to jumpstart a dramatic shift in the nation’s immigration policy, South Carolina Republicans are not too enthused about the idea. Graham: “I will try to defund the effort for him to go it alone.” Sanford: “It doesn’t exactly signal an era of cooperation.” Gowdy: “Every arrow in the quiver should be used.” [The State]

The State Ethics Commission says it wants more resources to keep tabs on state politicians. [AP]

Are you catching a ride to the airport to fly out of town for the holidays? CARTA officials want you to consider using the $3 express shuttle from downtown that picks up at the Charleston Visitor Center on Meeting Street once an hour. [CRBJ, CARTA]

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