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.
via Michigan Native American Tribal Chairman Signs Gay Marriage Bill.|John Flesher/AP – Huffington Post
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. Oregon, like Michigan, has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
This is very interesting. I really had no idea that Indian tribes were beginning to allow same-sex marriage. It will be interesting, as the national tide shifts, to see how this plays out in the whole debate.
Meanwhile, good on ya! The native peoples have always had a better grasp on the spiritual than we interlopers, IMHO.