Rapid City state Rep. aims to prevent state recognition of gay marriage

RAPID CITY, S.D. — House Representative Tony Randolph of District 35 introduced a bill in the state House that addresses a variety same-sex marriage, gender identification and other LGBTQ subjects.

The bill would prohibit South Dakota from being able to enforce, endorse or favor policies that would allow same-sex marriage, prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or allow counties to issue marriage licenses for same-sex marriages. The bill was first read in the House on January 30.

The bill outlines 11 different points in its first section, focusing largely on same-sex marriage, conversion therapy and gender identification. The second section of the bill makes it clear that the provisions in the first section do not affect marriages between a man and woman, a person’s right to set the person’s self-asserted, sex-based identity narrative or sexual orientation, or a person’s right to practice secular humanism.

Another prohibition in the bill would prevent policies that permit public libraries and schools from partnering with nonsecular organizations to promote, host, sponsor, favor or endorse drag queen storytime.

All 50 states have been required to recognize and allow same-sex marriages since 2015 when the United States Supreme Court made the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that the nation’s 14th Amendment guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry.

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