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South Dakota gay marriage ban soon to be challenged


Undated (KELO-AM) State Attorney General Marty Jackley says he is ready to defend South Dakota's voter-approved ban on gay marriage against its first ever legal challenge.

A lesbian couple from Rapid City will be married Saturday by the mayor of Minneapolis, essentially triggering the suit to be filed by attorney, Josh Newville.  Newville is actually representing three couples, including a couple from Sioux Falls. Newville says he plans to file suit within two weeks.

Jackley says the definition of marriage should be determined by the voters of South Dakota, not by court action. The voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment that says a marriage is between a man and a woman only.

Republican State Representative Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls supports traditional marriage, but expects the issue will be eventually decided by the U-S Supreme Court.