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Attorney requests ruling in South Dakota same-sex marriage case

| Monday, July 7, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The attorney representing the six same-sex couples challenging South Dakota's gay marriage ban has asked a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Minneapolis-based attorney Joshua Newville filed the motion for summary judgment last week. In the same memorandum Newville included a response to the state’s motion to...

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S.D. teen: Taco Johns manager forced him to wear name tag with gay slur

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
YANKTON, S.D. — An openly gay South Dakota teenager is accusing the fast food restaurant where he worked of forcing him to wear a name tag with a homophobic slur.

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S.D. high school association approves policy for transgender students

| Thursday, June 12, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota board that governs activities for high school students has adopted policies on the eligibility of international and transgender students' participation in sports and fine arts groups.

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Six South Dakota couples challenge state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -— Six couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block South Dakota's gay marriage ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same-sex weddings.

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Newly married S.D. couple to challenge state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn outside of the Pennington County Courthouse in Rapid City, S.D. The couple wed on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Minnesota, and will be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A newly married lesbian couple is poised to become the first to challenge South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage following the state's refusal to grant the women a name change after they were legally married in Minnesota.

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Lawmaker’s latest gay sex analogy: It’s like 8 friends taking ‘a dump in your bed’

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Steve Hickey
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota state lawmaker and local pastor, who last week said “gay sex” is “a one way alley for the garbage truck,” now says it’s more like “eight of your friends that you’re in love” taking “a dump in your bed” and then sleeping “in it all year long.”

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S.D. lawmaker says gay sex is ‘a one way alley for a garbage truck’

| Friday, May 2, 2014
Steve Hickey
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota state lawmaker is gaining national attention for a Facebook rant in which he compares homosexual sex to “a one way alley for a garbage truck.”

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S.D. couple to file federal lawsuit challenging state’s gay marriage ban

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A lesbian couple from South Dakota will marry in Minneapolis this weekend before returning home to file a lawsuit challenging their home state's ban on same-sex marriage, and recognition of lawful same-sex unions performed elsewhere.

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S.D. Senate committee kills bill to allow discrimination against gays

| Tuesday, February 18, 2014
South Dakota capitol in Pierre.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that seeks to protect businesses against lawsuits if they refuse to serve or hire a person because of their sexual orientation.

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S.D. lawmakers say bill to protect clergy from gay weddings is unnecessary

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ernie Otten
PIERRE, S.D. -- A measure that sought to protect clergy members who refuse to take part in same-sex marriages was rejected Thursday by a South Dakota legislative committee after opponents said the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom already gives those church leaders the protections.

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