- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The latest South Dakota reaction over Supreme Court ruling that says gay couples nationwide may marry:

9:35 a.m.

Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging South Dakota’s gay marriage ban are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples nationwide have the right to marry.

Lynn and Monica Serling-Swank of Brandon call the decision “unbelievable.” Monica Serling-Swank said: “We finally won.”

Gay couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The ruling means the remaining 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The ruling doesn’t take effect immediately because the court gave the losing side about three weeks to ask for reconsideration. But states may start to issue marriage licenses sooner.


9:30 a.m.

The attorney representing six same-sex couples in a lawsuit challenging South Dakota’s ban on gay marriage says he’s in disbelief over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declares state’s must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Minneapolis attorney Josh Newville says the ruling by the court is a “powerful, powerful opinion.”

Newville says he doesn’t anticipate any delay for U.S. District Judge Karen Schrier’s opinion to go into effect.

Newville, who is gay, says he’s overwhelmed. He hasn’t talked to his plaintiffs but says he can’t describe how happy they must be.


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