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Couple married in Minnesota looks to challenge South Dakota same sex marriage ban

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Nancy Robrahn and Jenny Rosenkranz will be the first couple to legally challenge South Dakota’s same sex marriage ban.

“One of the grandkids said ‘how do you feel about the fact you can’t marry like mom and dad?’,” said Robrahn. “I don’t know how many people have said to me, you’re her sister right? Sure.”

The two have four children and six grandchildren from previous marriages but the South Dakota residents are ready to take their relationship to the next level. The two will be married Saturday at a private ceremony conducted by Minneapolis Mayor

After the ceremony, the couple will go back to South Dakota and request a name change. Something the two expect to be denied. With the help of their attorney, they will likely file a civil right suit.

“They want the world to see them as the loving committed couples that they are,” said Attorney Joshua Newville. “They’ll recognize heterosexual marriages performed anywhere. They have specifically chosen same sex marriages and targeted them for discrimination.”

South Dakota is one of 33 states that does currently not recognize same sex marriages. Newville will represent Nancy, Jenny and two other couples in the suit which will be filed in District Court and aims to overturn the state’s constitutional same sex marriage ban. With success, the suit will also require South Dakota to recognize marriages performed out of state.

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