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 www.actonprinciples.org/thepledge

 

The EqSD website is back up!

The website has been brought back up (this involved some long-overdue software updates and bit of web magic). So, we can now again post articles to help get the word out about what is happening for our movement in South Dakota, and around the Nation.

Unfortunately, there are some buttons that are  out of order (like the Donate or Volunteer buttons, for example). But we’re just glad to be back. Equality South Dakota is on the move again!

If you are interested in helping us promote equality in South Dakota, you can use the Contact Us link, and you can email us at info@eqsd.org or like Equality South Dakota on Facebook and communicate with us there.

Please consider joining us for the Equality South Dakota “reboot” meeting in Chamberlain, SD on May 10. For more information on the meeting, please email us at info@eqsd.org. 

South Dakota’s anti-marriage law to be challenged

The constitutional amendment that had a part in bringing Equality South Dakota into existence may be facing a challenge soon!

A Rapid City couple who have been together for 27 years, is getting married on April 26 in Minnesota — and then return home to ask fora simple thing: that their family be recognized and protected like any other in South Dakota:

Couple to challenge same-sex marriage ban in S.D. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 4/7/2014)

Rosenkranz and Robrahn will try to use their Minnesota marriage license as part of a name-change — and expect to be denied. Then they’ll file a lawsuit challenging that decision.

With that filing, South Dakota will join 28 other states with gay marriage bans currently being challenged in the courts, according to a count by the pro-same-sex marriage Human Rights Campaign. Judges in several states have overruled gay marriage bans in recent months, though those cases are on appeal.

They may pick up some co-plaintiffs in the coming weeks… stay tuned!