Black Hills Center for Equality president calls fight against fe - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills Center for Equality president calls fight against federal lawsuit a waste of taxpayer money

A lawsuit was filed on Thursday challenging South Dakota’s ban on same sex marriage.

Six couples filed the federal lawsuit in Sioux Falls seeking to block the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The lawsuit challenges a 1996 law passed by the legislature and a voter–approved 2006 constitutional amendment. It also challenges a U.S. provision allowing states not to recognize same–sex marriages performed in other states.

One of the couples in the lawsuit, Nancy and Jenny Rosenbrahn, got married in April in Minneapolis. They said they want lawmakers to stop discrimination against gay people who want to get married in their home state.

“By having that marriage license, we’re afforded some federal protection that helps us, especially as we’re getting towards the end of our lives. We have to get some of those put into place,” Rosenbrahn said.

David Patton, president of the Black Hills Center for Equality, said fighting the lawsuit is a waste of taxpayer money.

”I think it’s ironic that a bunch of so-called fiscal conservatives in Pierre want to waste taxpayer’s money to fight that. Ever since the supreme court of the U.S. handed down Windsor, it’s been abundantly clear that the U.S. Constitution finds there types of laws unconstitutional,” Patton said.

North Dakota is now the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same–sex weddings.

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