Federal Judge Strikes Down South Dakota's Gay Marriage Ban

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

A federal judge has declared South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but has stayed the decision pending appeal.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday issued a summary judgment in favor of the six couples who filed the lawsuit. The federal complaint challenges both South Dakota's ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states.

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