TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 13, 2015

A federal judge in South Dakota ruled yesterday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, but the decision does not mean gay couples can immediately wed. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier stated in her decision that plaintiffs “have a fundamental right to marry,” but she put her ruling on hold pending a potential appeal from the state. The state has said it would appeal the case to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2006 affirmed Nebraska’s right to ban same-sex marriages. Read more from the Associated Press.