Here are the results of the 2017 equality scores for cities across South Dakota:
For more information, and to compare MEI scores with cities across the nation, visit:
Same sex couples can adopt privately from
Same sex couples could apply with Bethany Christian Services or Catholic Services but probably will be denied. Both of these agencies opposed SB 149 but they stated they still will offer fostering for same sex couples.
Same sex couples may also apply to be foster/adoptive parents through their local South Dakota Department of Social Services office. The program is somewhat intensive but cost effective. http://dss.sd.gov/childsupport/
If any same sex couple has been discriminated against and feel their rights are violated they should seek the advice of legal counsel or visit with their local ACLU. https://www.aclusd.org/
South Dakotas adoption laws are not friendly to the LGBTQ. Reach out to legislators to express how limited this process is for you as a same sex couple. Before you talk to them, see how they voted on SB 149, which was passed in the 2017 session and allows adoption agencies under state contract to discriminate against LGBTQ families. Have an honest but respectful conversation. You can find your legislators on the LRC website (Who are my Legislators?)
The Advocate, the nation’s premier LGBTQ magazine and website featured a LGBTQ hero from each of the states.
Who was South Dakota’s pick?
Angie Buhl O’Donnell
An out bisexual, Buhl O’Donnell was the first LGBT member of the South Dakota legislature. She has represented the 15th district in the South Dakota Senate since 2010, a seat she won when she was just 25 years old. That same year she was honored with the Young Democrats of America LGBT Caucus’s Leadership Award.
See the listing for all 50 states: 50 States, 50 Heroes
Angie began her LGBTQ activist in 2006 working for South Dakotans Against Discrimination in trying to defeat Amendment C – the ban on same-sex marriage, and was a founding board member of Equality South Dakota.