Native American Church Removes Ban on Gay and Lesbian Marriages

eMediaWire
April 20, 2007

"First Nation Church, its members and ministers believe that marriage is a covenant between two adults and their God, based upon their love for one another. We believe that love for each other, for nature and for all things created by God materializes from the heart, not from legislative bodies. This basic tenet was so important that the founding fathers established it as the cornerstone of the United States Constitution, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights: that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'" [Link]

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Navajo Lesbian Speaks Out About Same-Sex Marriage

NativeOUT News
April 24, 2006
For the past couple of days I have been bombarded with images & talk about weddings, commitments, marriages and celebrations with dozens of family members present. All the while I am thinking to myself, "Will I ever get to have such a ceremony, an opportunity to voice aloud my declaration of love before my family and friends?" Probably not! Why? It is because I am a lesbian and in our current Navajo society our rights and declarations have been grossly overlooked, unacknowledged, and recently made unconstitutional. [Link]

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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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