South Dakota Marriage Definition, Amendment C (2006)

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The South Dakota Marriage Definition Amendment, also known as Amendment C, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure amended the constitution to allow and recognize marriage only between a man and a woman. The measure also prohibited the legislature from allowing or recognizing civil unions, domestic partnerships or other quasi-marital relationships between two or more persons regardless of sex.[1][2]

Election results

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

Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, South Dakota Constitutional Amendments, Initiatives and Referendums 1970-2010

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Campaign contributions

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.[3]


South Dakotans Against Discrimination opposed the amendment, and spent $171,578.[3]

Top 5 contributors:

Donor Amount
Human Rights Campaign 25,695
Coalition for Progress 25,000
Gill Action Fund 25,000
ACLU of the Dakotas 5,010
Jonathan Lewis 5,000

Related measures

Voters in 30 states have approved legislatively-referred constitutional amendments or initiated constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriages at the ballot box. The first constitutional prohibition was in 1998, and the latest one occurred in May 2012. Most of these amendments define marriage along the lines of a "union of one male and one female."


The following constitutional bans were approved by voters, but later overturned by courts:

Note: Florida's repeal will go into effect on January 5, 2015.


Cases overturning the following bans have been appealed to higher courts and are currently stayed:


The following constitutional bans were approved by voters and have been upheld or not overturned by courts:


The following constitutional bans were defeated by voters:

Note: Arizonans defeated a measure in 2006, but approved one in 2008, which has been overturned.

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