Marriage defined–Consent and solemnization required
Marriage is a personal relation, between a man and a woman, arising out of a civil contract to which the consent of parties capable of making it is necessary. Consent alone does not constitute a marriage; it must be followed by a solemnization.
(South Dakota Codified Laws Section 25-1-1)
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.
(South Dakota Constitution, approved by 52% of voters on Tuesday, November 7, 2006)
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