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Group wants to repeal Navajo Nation’s ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, January 5, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An effort to repeal the Navajo Nation's same-sex marriage ban has been energized by court decisions in some states to allow such unions. [ Read more → ]

Navajo Nation official: N.M. court ruling has no effect on tribe’s gay marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
FARMINGTON, N.M. — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn't affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico. [ Read more → ]
Brandi Duvall, APIn this photo provided by All Shots Photgraphy, the Rev. Floyd Black Bear, left, officiates the wedding of his son, Darren Black Bear, second from left, to Jason Pickel, second from right, at Fort Reno in Oklahoma. They are the third same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes since 2012.

Gay couple in Oklahoma legally wed despite state ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, November 1, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- In a conservative state referred to as the buckle of the Bible Belt, two men legally married Thursday in a small ceremony at a chapel on an old military fort west of Oklahoma City. [ Read more → ]
Nick Oxford, APDarren Black Bear, left, and Jason Pickel hold up their marriage license issued by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes near Jason's home in Oklahoma City.

Native American bloodline allows gay couple to be first to wed in Oklahoma

Friday, October 25, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Darren Black Bear hasn't thought too much about his upcoming nuptials. Maybe khaki pants, and he doesn't mind if guests show up in Halloween costumes even though the wedding will be a rare sight: He and his partner are getting legally married in Oklahoma even though the state bans same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Colvilles become sixth Native American tribe to recognize same-sex marriage

Monday, September 9, 2013
NESPELEM, Wash. -- The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state are the latest Native American tribe to recognize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tim LaCroix, left, and Gene Barfield recite their nuptial vows in the governmental building of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Harbor Springs, Mich. Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara, center, officiated during the wedding.Photo: John Flesher, AP

Tribal same-sex marriage bill approved, gay couple weds

Friday, March 15, 2013
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. -- With an exchange of rings and a kiss, two men became spouses Friday during a ceremony at a northern Michigan Indian reservation after the tribal chairman signed a measure approving same-sex marriage in a state where it's officially banned. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Native American tribe votes to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Suquamish Native American Tribe in Washington state's Kitsap County on Monday voted to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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