Amendment about woman's consent on ballot

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By Jesef Williams

Tuesday's ballot will feature an amendment question that could change the age a woman can legally consent to sex in South Carolina.

The state's constitution has the age of consent for an unmarried woman set at 14, while the state Legislature has it set at 16, which is what the courts go by.

The amendment would remove the age of consent part of the constitution.

It's easier for legislators to change a state law than it is to change the constitution, Attorney General Henry McMaster told WSPA last week.

While lawmakers have set the age of consent at 16, the constitutional provision keeps them from moving it below 14, he said.

"The way it stands with this constitutional amendment in there, the Legislature can move it up and they can move it down, but they can't move it below 14," McMaster said.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152