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Third South Dakota Couple Joins Marriage Challenge, AG to Defend Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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A third gay couple from South Dakota is planning to challenge the legality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, KOTA reports

Clay Schweitzer and Jeremy Coller are joining two other couples in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage. Lawyers filed litigation on behalf of Schweitzer  and Coller, Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn of Rapid City, and another couple who live in Sioux Falls. The Rosenbrahn’s were married in Minnesota over the weekend.

Schweitzer  and Coller said they applied for a license here in Pennington County but were denied. They now plan to go to Iowa to get married before returning to South Dakota to challenge the law.

“This isn't just to stand outside the lines or anything. This is about us living a life together and forming a family. The same thing they can do so easily by walking down to the courthouse, filing out those papers, paying their money and then off to the church.” Coller said.

Check out KOTA's interview with the couple, AFTER THE JUMP...

JackleySouth Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley [pictured] says he will defend the ban in court:

"I believe that if there is going to be a change in South Dakota to the definition of marriage that that change should come from South Dakotan's at the ballot box and not from a court system or a court challenge," said Jackley.

KOTA Territory News

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  1. The neanderthal attorney general doesn't want the constitutionality of marriage equality resolved in the courts because it's clear he will lose.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | May 2, 2014 7:10:05 PM

  2. Homophobic AG looks 1000 times gayer than these gay men!

    Posted by: litper | May 2, 2014 7:13:05 PM

  3. They're adorable, these two. If I were the marriage clerk, I'd give them whatever they asked for.

    Posted by: Steve Simply | May 2, 2014 7:37:21 PM

  4. South Dakota like Utah is going to spend their citizens' money to defend a law/admendment that is on the wrong side of history. The citizens need to speak up and tell the AG as well as the legislature to stop passing laws (i.e. abortion) that cost the state millions of dollars to defend.

    Posted by: Pete | May 3, 2014 12:07:46 AM

  5. Nice guys. Charming old kitchen cabinets with questionable replacement Formica countertop and handles, probably done at the same time. Guys, love ya, but go down to Lowe's and find some nicer handles (are the originals in a box in the basement?) and for god's sake take the paper towel dispenser off the corner of the cabinets and put it underneath. Oh, peel off the fake bricks and put on tile. It's not hard or expensive and is a nice little home improvement project.

    Then you can get married. Best wishes.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 3, 2014 2:20:25 AM

  6. EMJAYAY - that was cute, acute and quite loving. Write more posts like that.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 3, 2014 8:38:15 AM

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