The Equality South Dakota PAC has announced its candidate endorsements for 2014. Our three marquee Democrats—Rick Weiland, Corinna Robinson, and Susan Wismer—all get the nod, although they mention that Larry Pressler also backs legalizing same-sex marriage.
The Equality South Dakota PAC also gives official love to these Legislative candidates:
- District 11 (Sioux Falls) House – Darrell Solberg
- District 12 (Sioux Falls) House – Susan Randall
- District 13 (Sioux Falls) House – Kay Wilds
- District 15 (Sioux Falls) Senate – Angie Buhl O’Donnell
- District 18 (Yankton) Senate – Bernie Hunhoff
- District 27 (Pine Ridge) House – Kevin Killer
- District 32 (Rapid City) House – Ritchie Nordstrum
- District 33 (Rapid City) Senate – Robin Page
Our gal Robin gets special mention for taking on homo-xeno-trutho-phobic Phil Jensen:
Equality South Dakota urges you to support Robin. She has publicly spoken out against her opponent, incumbent State Sen Phil Jensen. Jensen introduced the controversial SB 128 this past session. SB 128 (which was rightfully killed) would have allowed businesses to legally discriminate against LBGT based upon the business owner’s religious beliefs. Robin Page voiced her support for LGBT equality at this year’s Black Hills Pride Festival and her platform strongly supports the LGBT community. She is directly campaigning against her opponent's support of SB128 (Page Running As Anti-Jensen, Rapid City Journal, Sept 29) [Equality South Dakota PAC, candidate endorsement, October 2014].
My only problem with EqSD-PAC's endorsements is that more candidates haven't earned them. Listen to the kids, kids: equality and civil rights for all citizens are the way all candidates should go. If you're not on EqSD's list of candidates fighting for justice, you should be.
Related: Steven C. Hildebrand reminds friends on Facebook that the lawsuit that could overturn South Dakota's same-sex-marriage ban gets a hearing on Friday:
Sioux Falls Area Friends - There will be a hearing in front of Federal Judge Karen Schreier as to the constitutionality of South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriages this Friday, Oct. 17 at 9 am Central time. The hearing is open to the public and will be held in the Federal Courthouse on Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls, Courtroom #2.
I would encourage any of you who are available to join us at the Courthouse on Friday. It would be a great way to show strong support for over-turning the ban [Steven C. Hildebrand, Facebook post, 2014.10.14].
Popcorn is not allowed in the courtroom, but curious and civic-minded citizens are!