South Dakota legislator withdraws marriage restriction bill
A South Dakota lawmaker has withdrawn his own bill that attempted to dramatically restrict marriage rights in the state.
Rep. Tony Randolph (R-District 35) withdrew
The bill would have prohibited the state from endorsing or enforcing certain policies regarding domestic relations.
if this bill had become law, some of the effects would have included:
• A ban on any marriage that does not involve a man and a woman
• Denial of benefits to people in a nontraditional marriage
• Denial of marriage licenses for nontraditional couples
• Denial of protection from discrimination due to sexual orientation
• Barring the state from banning conversion therapy
• Barring schools and libraries from having drag queen story time
Randolph, a first term representative from Rapid City, introduced several other bills this session that raised eyebrows. Two of those bills -- including a bill that would have removed irreconcilable difference as a cause for divorce - died in committee. He recently withdrew three others, including
aimed at sex education in public schools.