South Dakotans Married!


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A South Dakota couple got to say their “I Dos” Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.

They’re hoping their ceremony will help change a policy in their home state.

“Congratulations to this fabulous couple. Twenty-seven years together. Twenty-seven years of family. Twenty-seven years of love and commitment,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said at the ceremony.

Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn were married Saturday afternoon.

Mayor Betsy Hodges officiated their wedding at the Community of Christ Church in Minneapolis.

WCCO-TV has the video report.

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Marriage Equality lawsuit coming to South Dakota


Congratulations Nancy and Jennie! This Saturday there will be big smiles in Minneapolis. We hope and will be working for more marriages and smiles after that!


Rapid City Journal 4/25: South Dakota gay marriage ban to face lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A lesbian couple plans to exchange vows Saturday in Minnesota, then be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials.

Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, of Rapid City, have been together 27 years. Minneapolis lawyer Joshua Newville said Friday he took the case after the couple was unable to find an attorney in South Dakota.

EqSD Joins Full Equality Pledge Campaign

Equality South Dakota has joined a host of other national, state and local organizations in a pledge for full LGBT equality.   This network is working for the passage of omnibus LGBT equality legislation that grants full non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity equal to those accorded other statuses under existing civil rights laws and Supreme Court jurisprudence, specifically including:

  • Public accommodations (restaurants, hotels, theatres)
  • Public facilities (courts, hospitals, parks)
  • Federally-funded programs (adoption, police, schools, homeless, health care)
  • Employment  (civilian & military government, private sector)
  • Housing (rental, finance, purchase)
  • Education (schools, bullying)
  • Credit (credit cards)
  • Federal marriage equality
  • Immigration, Disability, and Family Leave

To read the entire pledge and see a list of supporting organizations, go to