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In first month, only 40 gay couples apply to be married in South Dakota

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839 licenses issued to all couples from June 26 to July 27.
Gay rights advocates called the statistics reflective of the barriers the gay community still faces in South Dakota and other conservative states. ...

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Public workers can’t refuse to issue marriage licenses

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
South-Dakota
County officials have a duty to impartially administer the law and cannot refuse issuing licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a letter to the state attorney general. ...

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Attorney asks 8th Circuit appeals court to affirm same-sex marriage ruling

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Josh Newville
If the appeals court affirms the ruling overturning South Dakota's ban, attorney Josh Newville could pursue legal fees from the state. He has represented six same-sex couples for over a year and says he has not charged them. ...

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S.D. considers revising transgender student athletes policy under pressure from GOP lawmakers

Friday, June 12, 2015
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The suggested revisions came after some Republican lawmakers repeatedly tried to pass legislation in 2015 to void the policy. ...

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8th Circuit Court of Appeals defers same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals deferred arguments and a decision Wednesday on same-sex marriage cases in four states until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue. ...

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. ...

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S.D. Senate declines to consider bill to void transgender student athletes policy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.
The bill would have voided a policy adopted last year that allows transgender students to participate in school sports based on their gender identity. ...

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S.D. Senate panel dismisses bill aimed at voiding transgender student athlete policy

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.
The bill would have invalidated a South Dakota High School Activities Association policy on transgender student participation in sports. ...

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South Dakota House votes to void transgender students sports policy

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
South-Dakota
The full state House has approved a proposal that would void a High School Activities Association policy on transgender student participation in sports. ...

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Attorney asks S.D. judge to allow same-sex marriages immediately

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Josh Newville
A lawyer representing six South Dakota couples challenging the state's ban on gay marriage has asked a judge who declared it unconstitutional to let her ruling take effect immediately and allow same-sex weddings in the state. ...

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