PIERRE, S.D. – A federal judge in South Dakota has struck down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment which enshrines marriages as being solely between a man and a woman, opining that the law is unconstitutional because it excludes homosexuals from having the same opportunity.

“Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry,” wrote Judge Karen Schreier, nominated to the bench by then-President Bill Clinton. “South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification.”

Twelve homosexuals had filed suit last year, challenging the 2006 law, which was passed with 52 percent of the vote.

“Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota, the amendment, then known as “Amendment C,” reads. “The uniting of two or more persons in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other quasi-marital relationship shall not be valid or recognized in South Dakota.”

Written by Heather Clark- Christian News
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