Judge Rules South Dakota Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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By Regina Garcia Cano
January 12, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal judge on Monday declared South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but marriage licenses won’t be immediately issued because the ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier sided in favor of the six couples who filed the lawsuit in May in Sioux Falls. The lawsuit challenges a 1996 state law and a voter-approved 2006 constitutional amendment that ban gay marriage.

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