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Lawmakers: Same sex marriage not a big issue in SD

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Right now, some lawmakers from South Dakota don't see same sex marriage as a big issue in the state, but could the issue be raised in the future?

Minnesota will become the first state in the Midwest to pass the same sex marriage bill by a legislative vote, when the law goes into effect there August 1st.

Iowa, has allowed same sex marriage since 2009, but that was a supreme court order. 

If South Dakota were to follow suit, lawmakers say it won't be anytime soon.

"I think it would be a long road to try to get it passed, similar to some of the other social issues that are probably easier to pass or the acceptance level in some other states that have higher populations." said Representative Jacqueline Sly.

"I have not heard anything about it from either side of the aisle so I don't think it is on the agenda." said Senator Phil Jensen.

Minnesota becomes the 12th US state to legalize same sex marriage.

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