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South Dakota currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriage, buta marriage equality lawsuit is working its way through the courts. The state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.
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Out of State Recognition: No
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Marriage Equality Ruling in South Dakota
Jan 13th, 2015
A Federal Judge struck down South Dakota's marriage equality ban yesterday.
The Washington Blade reports:
In a 28-page decision, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier, a Clinton appointee, grants summary judgement to plaintiff same-sex couples in the case, saying the South Dakota's marriage ban runs contrary to their rights to equal protection and due process under the U.S. Constitution. "In Loving,... read_more
South Dakota Restaurant Makes Employee Wear "Gaytard" Name Badge
Jun 26th, 2014
Heres one for all those folks who say there is no discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.
Fast food restaurants are always looking for convenient ways to make your life easier, and a Taco John's in South Dakota has come up with a remarkable new innovation. The Yankton restaurant made a 16-year-old employee named Tyler Brandt... read_more
South Dakota Marriage Equality Ban Challenged
May 23rd, 2014
South Dakota just got a marriage equality lawsuit of its own.
Equality on Trial reports:
Six same-sex couples in South Dakota are challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Filed by attorneys based in Minnesota and South Dakota, the suit alleges that the state's refusal to marry same-sex couples or recognize their out of state marriages violates the Due Process... read_more
USA, South Dakota: Another Gay Couple Joins Lawsuit
May 3rd, 2014
A third same sex couple has joined the upcoming lawsuit for marriage equality in the state.
Clay Schweitzer and Jeremy Coller are joining two other couples in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. Lawyers filed litigation on behalf of Schweitzer and Coller, Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn of Rapid City, and another couple who live... read_more
USA, South Dakota: Lawsuit Planned to Challenge Marriage Equality Ban
Apr 25th, 2014
And then there were three. A lawsuit will be filed shortly in South Dakota pushing for marriage equality in the state.
Twin Cities.com reports:
The couple, Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, say that along with two other gay South Dakota couples, they plan on filing a federal class-action lawsuit against state officials. Robrahn and Rosenkranz will argue that... read_more
USA: 30 States Have Marriage Equality Lawsuits; 5 Left to Go
Apr 10th, 2014
Only five states that haven't legalized marriage equality aren't yet facing a marriage equality lawsuit - and two may be facing one soon.
The Washington Post reports:
Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and bans are being challenged in 30, according to the latest count from Lambda Legal, a pro-gay marriage organization. (Hawaii and Illinois allow gay marriage,... read_more