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Chairman of Native American tribe OK’s same-sex marriage, will wed two men

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe says he’ll sign a same-sex marriage bill Friday, then preside at the wedding of two men.

The legislative body of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians voted 5-4 on March 3 to amend the Harbor Springs-based tribe’s laws to allow same-sex marriages. The Petoskey News-Review reports that tribal Chairman Dennis McNamara says he’ll sign the bill Friday morning.

McNamara then plans to officiate at the wedding of two longtime friends, 53-year-old tribe member Tim LaCroix and 60-year-old Gene Barfield.

At least two other U.S. Indian tribes recognize gay marriage. The Coquille Tribe in North Bend, Ore., began recognizing the unions in 2009, and the Suquamish Tribe in Suquamish, Wash., did so in 2011.

Michigan’s Constitution bans same-sex marriage.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. very cool!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:19am
  2. Does he have a choice?They’ve been doing it for CENTURIES and American law doesn’t apply to them anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:22am
  3. Ha, take that Michigan’s ban on gay marraige

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:26am
  4. Most impressive……

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:26am
  5. Outstanding…..Two Spirits….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:26am
  6. Not too surprising really. Natives have been honoring Two-Spirits for hundreds of years in many ways. Marriage should not be so out of the ordinary unless the tribe in question had been “converted” by Europeans. The Tribe (The Tuscarora) that adopted me were split up between the the “converted” and the “traditionalists.” The traditionalists had to leave town, so to speak. I would be considered a “two-spirit” by their standards simply because I’m not of the singular persuasion but have a dual/plural thing going on inside me. But of course that is not why I was “adopted.” Its just a by-the-by.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:36am
  7. cool

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:47am
  8. Thank you.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 12:39pm
  9. sweet…..i agree….TAKE THAT MICHIGAN….it’s time to OVER TURN the ban.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:27pm