Cherokee Court Clears Way for Lesbian Marriage

AP Wire Service
August 3, 2005
In 2005, a Cherokee tribal court dismissed a lawsuit impeding one lesbian couple's pursuit of their marriage's being granted tribal recognition. Though Cherokee same-sex couples are still unable to obtain full marriage rights, this case was an important step in the direction towards marriage equality. [Link]

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Battle over the freedom to marry plays out in the Cherokee Tribe

Washington Post
August 1, 2005
A historical hearing in Oklahoma's Cherokee courts will take place on Tuesday to legalize marriage between same-sex couples after Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley of Oklahoma moved to become the first same-sex couple to marry under Cherokee law. Cherokee law did not exclude same-sex couples from marrying, but the couple was stopped short upon the actual filing of their marriage application, after they requested and received, without incident, a marriage application from the tribe last year, and held a wedding ceremony performed by a licensed minister certified by the Cherokee Nation. [Link]

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Navajo President’s Veto Praised by Gay Advocates

Indian Country Today
May 5, 2005
Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. struck down a proposed ban against gays from marriage which "violates a central Navajo belief in goodwill." Navajo Sherrick Roanhorse applauds the president's veto citing the traditional Navajo way honors all people. [Link]

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