Number of same-sex marriages in South Dakota in hundreds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Nearly 300 marriage licenses have been given to same-sex couples in South Dakota since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the unions two years ago.

The Sioux Falls Pride festival will take place Saturday, which falls about a week before the anniversary of the groundbreaking court decision.

The Argus Leader reports that as of Tuesday, five licenses had been issued this month to same-sex couples in the state.

The South Dakota Constitution still includes a ban on same-sex marriage, but that language became legally moot following the June 2015 ruling.

Ashley Joubert-Gaddis with the Center for Equality says she's excited that hundreds of people in the state have embraced the rights granted to them by the court