Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status


  • November 2006, South Dakota voters adopted a constitutional amendment in that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and prohibited the recognition of same-sex relationships under any other name, such as civil unions and domestic partnership agreements. Similar restrictions appear in state statutes.
  • No provision of state law addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Shannon County prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; Minnehaha County and the cities of Brookings and Sioux Falls prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • South Dakota's hate crimes law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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