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SD bills allow refusal to take part in gay wedding

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two bills filed in the South Dakota Legislature seek to protect clergy and businesses who refuse to take part in gay marriages or wedding receptions.
    
The measures' main sponsor is Sen. Ernie Otten of Tea. He says the proposals are intended to prevent people from being sued if their religious beliefs keep them from taking part in a same-sex ceremony.
    
He says a baker should not be sued out of business for refusing to provide a cake.
    
The South Dakota Constitution and state law ban gay marriage.
    
Don Frankenfeld is a member of an organization that supports gay rights and says clergy can already refuse to perform same-sex marriages. But he says he thinks businesses do not have the right to refuse service because of a customer's sexual orientation.

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