Equality South Dakota is thrilled about yesterday's ruling declaring South Dakota's same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional:
Certain politicians in this state (including Attorney General Marty Jackley, who will continue to waste taxpayer's money fighting equality) still don't seem to get it. It's a good thing South Dakotans are fair minded, and will move for change when people are not treated equally. If our anti-marriage constitutional amendment were up for a vote again today, it would fail spectacularly. It's time to move forward. More change is on the way, but it won't happen unless fair-minded folks stand up [Curtis Price, press release, Equality South Dakota, 2015.01.12].
Equality South Dakota and other allies of LGBT equality and civil rights will be discussing the details of Judge Schreier's ruling at this weekend's Dakotas' Equality Summit, January 16–17, in Rapid City at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza.
Equality South Dakota heads to Pierre on January 29 to make sure legislators don't get any wild ideas about trying to circumvent yesterday's ruling. January 29 is EqSD's Legislative Day. EqSD is offering bus rides from Sioux Falls and Rapid City to Pierre to bring friends of equality together to discuss legislation and lobby our leaders for equality. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., EqSD will host a discussion of legislation affecting South Dakota's LGBT community and training for citizens on lobbying. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., EqSD will host a reception for all legislators. Make sure your legislator attends!
What passes for equality in South Dakota ignores two centuries of genocide and ecocide. Stupid state.
well state kurtz. hard to stomach for the otherside. not much "tranquility" for 48.000 w/o ACA. dd take a lesson from the pope and drop the pompus b.s. we are ALL just people
hahaha. just figured out why we open state of state w/prayer of narrow indoctrination. then poor judgment and republican partisanship during session, court or other proceeding can be ignored "cause i'm just doing what jesus texted me!!
That is right Larry, these people are not for "equality". It is all deception and propaganda.
I'm so happy for SD's LBTG folks!
It's unfortunate there is a stay in place, but we're still thrilled about the ruling. EqSD isn't just about marriage equality though -- remember there is no LGBT discrimination protection in employment or housing under South Dakota state law. We aim to change that.
A really cool thing about the Black Hills Center for Equality's event this weekend is Judy Shepard is the keynote on Saturday night. I reread her book "The Meaning of Matthew" and her message really reminded me why I am involved in EqSD.
Workplace protections—sounds like the next practical battlefield, and a fight worth fighting. Any sign yet, Curtis, of backlash coming in bills from Senator Jensen and other equality-phobes?
"remember there is no LGBT discrimination protection in employment or housing under South Dakota state law."
There is under federal law. Remember the Tenth Amendment has been destroyed. Shreier proved that.
And there needs to be representatives from the SDDP there. Anybody that is serious about electing Dems to the county and state offices needs to go to support these folks. It's the perfect place to work on establishing the Democrat base in SD.
> Any sign yet, Curtis, of backlash coming in bills from Senator Jensen and other equality-phobes?
Like the X-Men: "We'll be watching."
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