SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota -- A lawyer representing six South Dakota couples challenging the state's ban on gay marriage has asked a judge who declared it unconstitutional to let her ruling take effect immediately and allow same-sex weddings in the state.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier declared the ban unconstitutional last month but also put legal same-sex marriages on hold. Minneapolis attorney Josh Newville filed a motion Tuesday to set aside that stay on grounds it doesn't take into consideration other cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples while those cases were appealed.
The South Dakotans involved have waited long enough and should not have to wait for the judicial process, Newville said.
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