Dakota Midday: Same-Sex Marriage In South Dakota

Jun 29, 2015

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Tyler Butler (left) and Kyle Wolf (right) place their hands over their marriage certificate after their wedding at Wilson Park in Rapid City. They are one of the first same-sex couples to marry in South Dakota after the Supreme Court ruled to legalize
Credit Chynna Lockett SDPB

In 2006, voters in South Dakota approved an amendment making same-sex marriage illegal in the state. But following the high court’s ruling, state attorney general Marty Jackley said that same-sex marriage is now the law in state. Many couples were issued marriage licenses hours after the ruling and got married over the weekend.

Attorney General Marty Jackley discussed the high court's ruling. He was followed by Twin Cities lawyer Joshua Newville who represents six South Dakota couples who last year  filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in the state.