ACLU Of SD Praises Court's Gay Marriage Rulings
by Associated Press
June 26, 2013 1:16 PM
The acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage a historic victory for gay and lesbian Americans and a tremendous step forward for equality.
But Jana Kooren says the decisions don't affect South Dakota's ban on same sex marriage, which began with a 1996 state law and was reiterated in the state constitution by voters in 2006.
In one Supreme Court decision Wednesday, the justices ruled that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
Kooren says that will apply to same-sex couples living in South Dakota who were married elsewhere, but she says access to the full range of federal marital protections will take some work and time to achieve.