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Judge in South Dakota rejects motion to dismiss challenge to gay marriage ban

Friday, November 14, 2014
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PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota’s marriage equality lawsuit is moving forward after U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Friday rejected the State’s motion for the case to be dismissed.

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South Dakota gives Republicans third Senate pick-up

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
WASHINGTON --Republicans now have three additional Senate seats, with the victory by Republican Mike Rounds in South Dakota. He defeated Democrat Rick Weiland and two independents to capture the seat that had been held by Democrat Tim Johnson, who is retiring. Republican incumbent John Cornyn...

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to South Dakota gay marriage ban

Friday, October 17, 2014
South Dakota plaintiffs Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn, were married in Minnesota in April 2014. They are among six couples seeking to overturn South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A lawsuit challenging South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage should be dismissed because a regional appeals court already ruled on the issue eight years ago, a lawyer for the state argued Friday at the first hearing in the case.

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Challenge to South Dakota same-sex marriage ban heads to federal court

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A federal judge could decide Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's ban on gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides expected to argue their case as similar fights play out across the nation.

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Hearing scheduled in challenge to South Dakota same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The first motion hearing in the lawsuit challenging South Dakota's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been scheduled in Sioux Falls. Judge Karen Schreier has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 17 on South Dakota's request to dismiss the lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples in May.

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South Dakota AG says state’s defense of gay marriage ban unchanged

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Attorney General Marty Jackley (R-S.D.)
PIERRE, S.D. -- The state attorney general says South Dakota will continue to defend its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not hear the issue. Marty Jackley says the state still believes marriage should be defined by South Dakota voters and not by the federal courts....

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Teen files EEOC complaint against Taco Johns for alleged anti-gay harassment

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Tyler Brandt
An openly gay South Dakota teen has filed a federal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was harassed and humiliated while working for Taco Johns, and forced to wear a name badge containing a homophobic slur. Tyler Brandt, 16, of Yankton, S.D., says the harassment by a night manager began...

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S.D. man left bloody, bruised after telling woman not to use gay slur

Friday, September 19, 2014
Drew Bartscher
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota man says he was just doing the right thing when told a passer-by on the street not to use anti-gay slurs, but what happened next left him bloody and bruised. Drew Bartscher, 27, says he was in crowd with two of his friends outside a tavern in Sioux Falls early Sunday morning when he heard a woman use a derogatory term for gays.

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Gay coach who came out in blog post will keep job at S.D. Catholic high school

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Nate Alfson
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- A volleyball coach at St. Mary High School in Dell Rapids who has publicly announced he's gay says he's being allowed to keep his job. Nate Alfson announced he was gay last week on the website Outsports.com, and later said he was concerned about his future with the private Catholic school. He is believed to be the first openly gay...

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Young gay high school coach finds acceptance in rural South Dakota

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Nate Alfson used to fear road trips on his college baseball team and lived a life in the closet. Now out, he knows what true happiness is....

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