Rhode Island has just become the 10th state to grant same-sex couples marriage. South Dakota is one of the embarrassments to the U.S. Constitution to which it claims to be a signatory.
In 1996, South Dakota passed a bill whose language would become the national Defense of Marriage Act, language now declared unconstitutional by federal courts. It's now before the Supreme Court of the United States for it's final elimination.
Truly, the shame does sit on the heads of gay and lesbian citizens in South Dakota. It sits on the heads of those who deny one group of citizens human and civil rights because of one-sided religious viewpoints. Those viewpoints founded in religious intolerance are no different than what caused the "troubles" in Northern Ireland, the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and other places year after year around the globe.
It's time for South Dakota to say love, and not hate, will guide its lawmakers. It's time to pull down the hatred enshrined in the state constitution that says marriage is for one man and one woman. It's time to dismantle the laws that make gays and lesbians second-class citizens in South Dakota.