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Second Rapid City couple plans to challenge SD ban on gay marriage


A second local couple wants to challenge the legality of South Dakota’s ban on same sex marriage.

Clay Schweitzer and Jeremy Coller are joining two other couples in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage. Lawyers filed litigation on behalf of Schweitzer  and Coller, Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn of Rapid City, and another couple who live in Sioux Falls. The Rosenbrahn’s were married in Minnesota over the weekend.

Schweitzer  and Coller said they applied for a license here in Pennington County but were denied. They now plan to go to Iowa to get married before returning to South Dakota to challenge the law.

“This isn't just to stand outside the lines or anything. This is about us living a life together and forming a family. The same thing they can do so easily by walking down to the courthouse, filing out those papers, paying their money and then off to the church.” Coller said.

The pair has plenty of support from family members. Schweitzer’s sister-in-law, Pamela Schweitzer says gender shouldn't matter.

"Love is love. It doesn't matter what gender, skin color, age, love is always love. And we want them to have the same thing we have,” Schweitzer said.

South Dakota is one of 31 states that have a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

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