On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, ending marriage discrimination throughout the nation. This decision was quickly implemented by states across the country, including in South Dakota. Read more about the ruling here.
In 2006, South Dakota voters approved Amendment C, a constitutional amendment that bans the state from recognizing or performing marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships between same-sex couples.
On January 12, 2015, United States District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in the case Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard, declaring the state's ban on marriage unconstitutional. This ruling was stayed pending appeal.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Equality South Dakota is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to achieving equality for all people with respect to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
Support for the freedom to marry has increased dramatically in the past 8 years, with 45% of the state's residents now supporting marriage. In 2004, just 24% were supportive. (Williams Institute, 2012)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:
According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 714 same-sex couples are living in South Dakota, representing 2.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
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Here's what's going on in the 13 states where same-sex couples continue to be denied the freedom to marry. Every day of denial in these states is a day too long - and the past year of momentum demonstrates more clearly than ever: America is ready for the freedom to marry.
Today, January 12, United States District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in South Dakota, declaring the state's ban on marriage between same-sex couples unconstitutional.
Freedom to Marry has always been committed to winning marriage for same-sex couples nationwide - and now, as momentum surges across the country, it is more important for supporters to do all they can to speak out for the freedom to marry nationwide. Here's what's going on in the 15 where same-sex couples continue to be denied the freedom to marry.
Resources Related to South Dakota
Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth
A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in South Dakota.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".