Six Gay Couples Sue To Challenge South
Dakota's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage
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[May 23, 2014]
By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) - Six gay couples in South
Dakota filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the
constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage, court
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in South Dakota, claims
the state law violates the U.S. Constitution by depriving the
couples of equal protection, due process and the right to travel,
according to the complaint.
"Although their sexual orientation bears no relation to their
ability to contribute to society, gay men and lesbians have been
singled out for discriminatory treatment," the complaint said.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley was not immediately
available for comment.
The lawsuit in South Dakota is the latest in a wave of legal
challenges waged by gay marriage supporters since U.S. Supreme Court
rulings last year paved the way for gay marriage to resume in
California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal
law that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex
Supporters have earned key legal victories this month in Oregon,
Idaho and Pennsylvania, where judges have struck down state bans on
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Governor Tom Corbett, a conservative Republican, said on Wednesday
that he would allow Pennsylvania to become the 19th U.S. state to
extend the rights of matrimony to gay and lesbian couples.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Ken Wills)
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