House Bill H3798 became effective immediately upon his signing June 16.
Soon after, Chief Gene Norris of the Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of South Carolina married former Waccamaw Chief Harold D. Hatcher, chair of the state's Indian Affairs Commission, and Susan Hayes. Waccamaw tribal headquarters are in Aynor.
"What made this such a historical event was for the first time in many years, a chief or spiritual person of a recognized Indian entity in the state of South Carolina could perform a wedding ceremony and sign a marriage license," Norris said.
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