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Same-Sex Marriage — Native American Style

Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage won't stop one lesbian duo from getting their marriage legally recognized in the state. After the couple asked, the Coquille Indian Tribe in southern Oregon adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriages. The Coquille is the first tribe to legalize same-sex marriage, but it isn't the the first Indian tribe to take a stance on the matter: the Navajo and Cherokee tribes both ban same-sex marriage.

The Coquille tribal leader explained:

For our tribe, we want people to walk in the shoes of other people and learn to respect differences. Through that, we think we build a stronger community.

Indian tribes have legal authority over domestic relations between members, unless Congress decides to take away that right. Nonetheless, the state of Oregon and the federal government will not recognize the unions performed by the tribe. Do you see a tidal wave of same-sex marriage legalization coming, or will this evolution of marriage stay on the reservation?


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Jillness Jillness 8 years
The ads they have been playing in LA have been very affective for the no-ban argument. There is a bride getting ready to go to the alter, and first the door is locked so she can't get outside. Then a big bush catches on her dress and holds her back, then the flower girls comes and wraps her arms around the bride's legs and pushes her backward. Her groom, standing by the alter, tries to go help his bride, but he is held back by groomsman. The bride pushes aside the clinging flower girl and tries to walk down the isle, and a person reaches their cane out and trips her, and she falls to the ground still yards from the alter. It closes with a shot of her and her groom looking at each other with such longing, and it says, "What if you couldn't marry the one you love"? I think they did a really good job of creating the emotional feel of being kept from a loved one. (The description I gave probably didn't do it justice).
Vespa Vespa 8 years
It's so sad that not everyone who wants to can get married. :(
True-Song True-Song 8 years
It does seem like things are progressing slowly, but at the same time, to speak very, very generally, older people tend to be more opposed to gay rights and younger people more in favor, so I think in 25 or even 10 years, the political landscape will be completely different. That seems like a long time, but in the grand scheme of things it's not so bad.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Thanks, Rainbow Brite :D
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Pretty new av A of D!!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It's slowly changing anyway. I think that's the best we can ask for, given that we live in a democracy with large numbers of people vehemently opposed to gay marriage. I do wish things could change faster, but I count us fortunate as long as things don't devolve.
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
I know not every state legalizes gay marriage, but why would one make it illegal? They're not hurting anyone.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that a lot of couples are waiting to get married because they want it to be legal WHERE THEY LIVE vs. being legal in california, mass etc. that's probably the only way that this will impact things. if they are going to be recognized in one place, it's just a stepping stone to show that it could be recognized somewhere else in the near future. it takes one person to make things start changing - and then there could be a domino effect
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I don't think this will spawn a tidal wave, no. And since same-sex marriage is already legal in places outside this reservation, I'm not sure why the "evolution of marriage" would stay inside the reservation?
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