Bill would void South Dakota transgender athletes policy

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) | South Dakota lawmakers are set to debate a bill this session that would void an activities association policy allowing transgender students to request to play on the athletic team that matches their gender identity.

The legislation introduced Jan. 14 would require a student’s sex to be determined by their birth certificate or a South Dakota High School Activities Association physical exam form. It means years of legislative debates over transgender students in South Dakota will continue during the 2019 session.

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The Bookworm Sez: “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life”

By : Terri Schlichenmeyer
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You were going to change the world. It’s true that you were one small voice, just one person with a vision but you were sure it could be done. You were going to change the world, one corner at a time — starting with the one you called home. And in the new book “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life” by Dianna Hunter, that’s sometimes all it takes.

Growing up in rural South Dakota, Dianna Hunter learned what “queer” was long before she understood her own sexuality. She was “seventeen, cosseted, closeted, and clueless” then but, once enrolled in college and living in Minneapolis in an atmosphere of early-1970s feminism and LGBT activism, she “surprised” herself by coming out.

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Kansas governor signs ‘religious freedom’ anti-LGBTQ adoption law

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed anti-LGBTQ adoption legislation making his state the latest to enact a “religious freedom” law enabling taxpayer-funded agencies to deny placement into LGBTQ homes.

Colyer signed the legislation, Senate Bill 284, into law on Friday, according to a local media report. The Washington Blade has placed a call in with Colyer’s office seeking confirmation that he signed the bill.

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Kansas, Oklahoma approve religious veto on LGBTQ adoptions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBTQ homes.

Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group’s right to live out its religious faith, while critics saw them as attacks on LGBTQ rights. Both Kansas and Oklahoma have GOP-controlled legislatures and governors, but in Kansas, the proposal split Republicans.

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San Francisco bars travel to South Dakota for city employees

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has landed on San Francisco’s list of places where city workers aren’t allowed to go on official business because the state passed a law allowing religious-affiliated adoption agencies to not place children with unmarried or same-sex couples.

City employees will be barred from traveling on state or city-subsidized business to South Dakota or from contracting with South Dakota businesses, said Jack Gallagher, a spokesman for the San Francisco city administrator. The prohibition is part of an ordinance blocking travel to states that approve legislation that discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Argus Leader reported Monday.

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South Dakota starts ballot measure on transgender bathroom issue for 2018 vote

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A ballot measure that would require transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their sex at birth may go before voters in 2018.

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Nov. 22 that he’s filed an explanation of the measure with the secretary of state’s office. If supporters gather enough signatures by November 2017, it would be placed on the ballot for the 2018 election.

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South Dakota panel shoots down transgender policy changes

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A legislative panel has shot down two policies that would have required transgender people to define their gender by the anatomy listed on their birth certificate.

The Argus Leader reports that the South Dakota High School Activities Association Interim Committee on Oct. 30 tabled a measure that would have required transgender high school athletes to sign up for activities based on the anatomical sex listed on their birth certificate. It was a 6-5 vote.

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Same-sex couples exchange vows in Mt. Rushmore celebration

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MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — Seven gay couples exchanged vows and another couple renewed their vows Sept. 6 during a group wedding at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The celebration of this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage took place in the amphitheater overlooked by the presidential mountain carving.

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Federal appeals court to hear 3 more same-sex marriage cases

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments this spring from three more states defending gay marriage bans.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 granted a request to consider an appeal from South Dakota at an expedited pace. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the court also combined the arguments with cases from Arkansas and Missouri.

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What’s next after South Dakota same-sex marriage ban struck down?

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal judge in South Dakota has ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but the decision doesn’t mean gay couples can immediately wed.

Some questions and answers about the decision Jan. 12:

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