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SD Lawmakers Say Bill on Clergy Rights Not Needed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has rejected a measure that would have allowed clergy and religious organizations to refuse to take part in gay marriage services. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to kill the bill after opponents said the state and federal constitutions already let pastors and priests refuse...
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Gant, Group Reach Deal on Early Voting Centers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant and a group advocating for Native American voting rights have reached an agreement on satellite early voting centers. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that Gant and representatives of the nonprofit group Four Directions have agreed on a framework to fund early voting centers...
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SD Bill Lets Clergy Refuse to Perform Gay Marriage

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow clergy and religious organizations to refuse to take part in gay marriage services. The South Dakota Constitution and state laws already ban gay marriage. But sponsors say they proposed the measure because courts might overturn the ban, just as they...
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SD House Votes ‘No’ on Common Core Rewind

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A slim majority of the South Dakota House rejected a resolution to halt expansion of the Common Core State Standards. Thirty-five representatives voted Wednesday against the bill and 31 supported it. A few dozen constituents interested in the Common Core debate attended the session, including many supporters of the resolution...
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