Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:28

A Federal Judge Struck Down The Marriage Equality Ban In South Dakota

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A federal judge has just ruled that the marriage equality ban in South Dakota is contrary to the Constitution of the United States.

Six couples were engaged in an effort to repeal this ban for both the right to marry in South Dakota but also to allow same-sex couples who married in other states to be recognized.

As reported by The Washington Post, Schreier said that the ban violated the 14th Amendment by depriving couples of the right to marry “solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification.”

She then stayed her decision pending an appeal by the Attorney General Marty Jackley. Apparently he will appeal. So the case of South Dakota will join those of Arkansas and Missouri that are still awaiting a decision from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Note that in the same circuit, the cases of Nebraska and North Dakota are still awaiting trial in federal courts.