Couples in gay marriage lawsuit hold wedding reception - KOTA Territory News

Couples in gay marriage lawsuit hold wedding reception

Three of the six couples challenging South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban celebrated their unions with a public wedding reception Saturday night. Several dozen people showed up at the Moose Family Center in Rapid City to help the couples celebrate.

Lynn and Monica Serling–Swank, Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn, and Clay Schweitzer and Jeremy Coller are part of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls challenging South Dakota’s ban on gay marriage.

Attorney Joshua Newville, who is representing the couples, said however you characterize it, the ban is unconstitutional.

"South Dakota, like the rest of the country, is full of loving, committed couples. Many of them happen to be same sex and they deserve to be treated equally under the law just like everybody else," Newville said.

Lynn and Monica Serling–Swank have been married 8 years. They say they are happy to be part of the celebration.

"It’s exciting to be with Nancy, Jenny, Clay and Jeremy to share their excitement and their new vows for each others," Lynn said.

Newville filed a similar lawsuit in North Dakota on Friday challenging its ban on gay marriage.
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