Tag Archives: South Dakota

SOUTH DAKOTA: GOP Governor Signs Bill Allowing Public Agencies To Deny Services To LGBT Citizens

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny services and child placement to LGBT families out of religious objections, making him the first governor in 2017 to sign an anti-LGBT law. Daaugard signed the measure, Senate Bill 149, with little fanfare Friday after the ...

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Hillary Projected To Win South Dakota Primary

Hillary Clinton has been projected to take her third win of the night in South Dakota, where she presently leads Bernie Sanders by just over two points. Voter turnout appears fairly low there, with about 51,000 votes recorded at this writing. South Dakota awards 25 Democratic delegates.

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SOUTH DAKOTA: House Fails To Override Governor’s Veto Of Anti-Transgender Bill

The Washington Blade reports: The South Dakota House of Representatives on Thursday failed to override the veto of a bill that would ban transgender students from using restrooms in public schools that are consistent with their gender identity. Supporters of House Bill 1008 needed two-thirds of lawmakers to vote in favor of overriding Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto earlier this ...

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BREAKING: GOP South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard VETOES Anti-Transgender Student Restrooms Bill

He took the veto down to the literal last hour before it would become law. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard heeded to pressure from LGBT advocates and businesses on Tuesday, announcing he vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender students from using school restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. South Dakota would have ...

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SOUTH DAKOTA: State Senate Judiciary Committee Kills Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

South Dakota’s Senate Judiciary Committee this morning killed a bill which would have legalized anti-LGBT discrimination by businesses. The bill’s chief sponsor was state House Rep. Scott Craig (above left). Lambda Legal celebrates but cautions that other anti-trans bills remain active in South Dakota:  “The Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing today. House Bill 1107 was a harmful and ...

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SOUTH DAKOTA: LGBT Groups Call For Governor’s Veto After Passage Of Anti-Transgender “Bathroom” Bill

The vote was 20-15. If the governor signs the bill, South Dakota will become the first state with such a law. From Lambda Legal: Today the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1008, a discriminatory bill that prevents transgender students from accessing restrooms and single-sex facilities that correspond with their gender identity. Lambda Legal is calling on Governor Dennis Daugaard ...

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LIVE VIDEO: South Dakota Senate Debates Bill To Ban Trans Students From Using School Restrooms

The South Dakota Senate is debating a bill that would ban transgender students from using restrooms and locker rooms. If passed, the bill, which has already passed in the state House, would be the first law of its kind in the nation. Watch live below right now.

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SOUTH DAKOTA: Anti-LGBT Bills Advance In House

From Pierre’s NBC affiliate: A legislative panel has approved a bill that would bar the government from taking actions such as revoking the tax exempt status of an organization because of religious beliefs about marriage or sex. The House State Affairs committee approved the measure Wednesday. It heads to the full House. Republican Rep. Scott Craig says a person or ...

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South Dakota To Pay $242K For Marriage Battle

Via the Associated Press: South Dakota on Friday agreed to pay $242,000 to attorneys for same-sex couples who challenged the state’s ban on gay marriages. Attorney Josh Newville said the deal was finalized Friday, bringing to a close the lawsuit filed in federal District Court in May 2014. “I’m glad we don’t have to fight over it anymore,” he said. ...

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SOUTH DAKOTA: Marriage Plaintiffs Wed Alongside Six Other Couples At Mt. Rushmore [VIDEO]

Via South Dakota’s Fox affiliate: Sunday, history was made as same–sex couples gathered under the Mount Rushmore National Monument, to celebrate national marriage equality. The event, organized by the women who challenged South Dakota’s ban on same–sex marriages, took place in the amphitheater of the memorial, something that has never been done before. Nancy Rosenbrahn, who sued the state along ...

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SOUTH DAKOTA: GOP State Rep Suggests “Visual Inspection” Of Genitalia To Assess Gender Identity

Denouncing “East Coast culture,” GOP South Dakota state Rep. Roger Hunt plans to draft a law requiring a “visual inspection” of genitalia to determine gender identity. Via the the Rapid City Journal: The battle over how to officially determine someone’s gender arises from a controversy over whether transgender high school students can declare their own gender when participating in sports. ...

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Eighth Circuit Court Punts On All Cases

“On the court’s own motion, oral arguments and any further consideration of these cases will be deferred pending the Supreme Court of the Unites States’ decisions in James Obergefell v Richard Hodges.”

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15 AGs To Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Will Cause Incalculable Damage

The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. From the brief:  The Constitution takes no sides on same-sex marriage, and therefore leaves the issue up to the free deliberations of state citizens. The ...

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Eighth Circuit Court Sets May 12th Details For Marriage Cases Out Of Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, & South Dakota

It seems unlikely that we’d get a decision before the Supreme Court. But we’ve been surprised many times.

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Eighth Circuit Court Combines Marriage Appeals From South Dakota, Arkansas, & Missouri, Sets Oral Arguments For May

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SOUTH DAKOTA: Attorney General Marty Jackley To Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

“It remains the State’s position that the institution of marriage should be defined by the voters of South Dakota and not the federal courts. Because this case presents substantial legal questions and substantial public interest the Federal Court has stayed its judgment allowing South Dakota law to remain in effect pending the appeal.” – GOP South Dakota Attorney General Marty ...

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Local Hater Has The South Dakota Sadz

“United States District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier, a President Bill Clinton appointee with ties to former Democrat Senator Tim Johnson, has taken it upon herself to attack the institution of marriage, the South Dakota Constitution, and pour contempt on the will of the people of South Dakota who voted in 2006 to affirm in our state constitution what every ...

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South Dakota Turns Mustard

And the number of red states shrinks again.

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BREAKING: South Dakota Marriage Ban Struck Down, Ruling Has Been Stayed

Read the ruling. From its conclusion: In Loving, the Supreme Court addressed a traditionally accepted definition of marriage that prohibited Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving from marrying. Because Virginia’s laws deprived that couple of their fundamental right to marriage, the Court struck down those laws. Little distinguishes this case from Loving. Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota ...

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Don’t Jerk And Drive

The images above come to you from South Dakota’s grammatically-challenged “Driving Proper” campaign. (Via Aksarbent)

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