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Couples challenging gay marriage ban meet at Pride Fest

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Members of the Black Hills community gathered at Wilson Park in Rapid City on Saturday to celebrate Pride Fest and embrace diversity in our community.

The 6 families involved in a lawsuit against the state to have their marriages recognized were at the celebration.

"We’ve got 6 families that are standing up for LGBT rights," said David Patton, president of the Black Hills Center for Equality. "Today in the state of South Dakota, none of the marriages you see in front of you count."

Krystal Cosby and her partner Kaitlynn Hoerner, of Aberdeen, have a newborn. For them, it's more than a fight for a marriage license.

“She's not on the birth certificate. She can't adopt her right now," Cosby said of her partner.

Patton said many different people represent the state of South Dakota. “You see people in ages from the early 20's, into their 70's. You see man and women, white and native, and families with small children," Patton said.

Nancy Rosenbrahn is also a plaintiff in the case. She said the fight for equality doesn’t end with marriage.

“Until we have employment protection, until we have housing protection, we can’t stop,” Rosenbrahn said.

Optimism still runs highs that the laws will change in their favorite. Plaintiff Lynn Serling-Swank said they will win.

“There's no doubt about it in my mind that we will win this and we will be equal everywhere we go," Serling-Swank said.
 
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