In May 2014, six same-sex couples challenged the South Dakota laws that limited marriage to opposite-sex couples. In January 2015, the trial court ruled that South Dakota had unconstitutionally denied the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples.
South Dakota appealed this ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In March 2015, we filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. We argued that recognizing same-sex couples’ right to marry would not infringe the religious exercise rights of others, and that religious objections to marriage equality do not justify refusing to recognize same-sex couples’ rights.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision on marriage equality, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s opinion in August 2015.