South Dakota Marriage Amendment (2006)

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South Dakota Amendment C appeared on the November 7, 2006 South Dakota ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1][2]

Election results

South Dakota Amendment C (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 172,305 51.83%
No160,15248.17%

Election Results via: South Dakota Secretary of State

Ballot wording

South Dakota state statutes limit marriage to unions between a man and a woman. However, the South Dakota Constitution did not address the matter. Amendment C created a new amendment to Article XXI of the state Constitution that reads:

"Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota. The uniting of two or more persons in a civil union, domestic partnership or other quasi-marital relationship shall not be valid or recognized in South Dakota."

Funding of the campaigns for and against

There were two main campaign committees involved with this ballot measure. The South Dakota Family Policy 2006 Issue Fund supported passage of the amendment, and spent $123,166. South Dakotans Against Discrimination opposed the amendment, and spent $171,578.[3]

Donors to the South Dakota Family Policy Fund

Donors to South Dakotans Against Discrimination

Donors to this group included the Human Rights Campaign ($25,695), the Coalition for Progress ($25,000), the Gill Action Fund ($25,000) and Jonathan Lewis ($5,000).

Similar measures

The following are measures that banned or attempted to ban same-sex marriages. Note that a number of them have been overturned.

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