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South Dakota Attorney General will defend state laws on gay marriage

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KOTA -- Gay couples in Rapid City plan to challenge South Dakota's ban on same sex marriage.

A Rapid City lesbian couple exchanged vows on Saturday in Minnesota and they want to challenge South Dakota. South Dakota's State Constitution and its laws through the Legislature define marriage as between a man and a woman,

Attorney General Marty Jackley says it's his job to defend the State constitution and he intends to do that with these potential lawsuits.

"I believe that if there is going to be a change in South Dakota to the definition of marriage that that change should come from South Dakotan's at the ballot box and not from a court system or a court challenge," said Jackley.

The South Dakota Legislature banned gay marriage in 1996.

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