South Dakota legislator withdraws marriage restriction bill

 Rep. Tony Randolph
Rep. Tony Randolph (KSFY)
Published: Feb. 26, 2020 at 7:06 AM CST
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A South Dakota lawmaker has withdrawn his own bill that attempted to dramatically restrict marriage rights in the state.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

on Monday.

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.