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Judge hears argument on request to dismiss lawsuit challenging South Dakota's gay marriage ban

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A federal judge heard arguments on South Dakota's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later.

The state argues Judge Karen Schreier (SHRY'-er) should dismiss the lawsuit because the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier affirmed Nebraska's ban on gay marriage.

PHOTO: FILE - In this March 10, 2014 file photo, Jennie Rosenkranz,, left, and Nancy Robrahn, stand outside of the Pennington County Courthouse in Rapid City, S.D. The couple, now Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn, were married in Minnesota in April 2014. A federal judge plans to hear oral arguments Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 in Sioux Falls on a request by state lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Rosenbrahns and five other couples trying to block South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Benjamin Brayfield, File)
FILE - In this March 10, 2014 file photo, Jennie Rosenkranz,, left, and Nancy Robrahn, stand outside of the Pennington County Courthouse in Rapid City, S.D. The couple, now Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn, were married in Minnesota in April 2014. A federal judge plans to hear oral arguments Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 in Sioux Falls on a request by state lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Rosenbrahns and five other couples trying to block South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Benjamin Brayfield, File)

But the couples' lawyer says the state is wasting taxpayer money and denying couples the right to marry or even have their marriages from other states recognized in South Dakota.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied appeals from five states. That decision legalized gay marriage in about 30 states because those cases were appealed from other federal appellate courts that had overturned the bans and have jurisdiction over several states.

Schreier didn't say when she would rule.

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