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Attorney to challenge hold on South Dakota same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Attorney Josh Newville speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Courthouse in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Oct. 17, 2014, after the court heard arguments in his challenge to South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban.
An attorney for couples trying to overturn South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage says he plans to challenge the hold that a federal judge put on her ruling that the state's ban on such unions was unconstitutional. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down South Dakota same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed

Monday, January 12, 2015
A federal judge in South Dakota has struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling has been stayed pending a likely appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. [...]

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Both sides want judge to bypass trial, rule in South Dakota gay marriage case

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. -- A federal judge presiding over a challenge to South Dakota's gay marriage ban should bypass a trial and rule on the case, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday. The office joined six same-sex couples who are suing the state in petitioning for summary judgment in the [...]

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

Friday, November 14, 2014
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 was the winner of the [...]

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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
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
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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