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South Dakota Prepared To Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, June 26, 2015
CONTACT:  Barb Buhler, (605) 773-3361  

                               South Dakota Prepared To Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. – In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding same sex marriage, the Department of Health has updated its electronic vital records system and is prepared to issue gender neutral licenses as of 1 p.m. today.
Couples can request marriage licenses at any county register of deeds office in the state. The electronic system will now show two “spouse” fields, rather than “bride” and “groom.” The state’s system is also able to issue certified copies that can be used for legal purposes, such as driver’s licenses.


Ceremonial copies of marriage licenses will continue to be available at county register of deeds. Copies with gender neutral language will be available within the next week.

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