Suquamish Tribe Passes Gay Marriage
Tribal members at a general council meeting last March.
She told the tribe she was a lesbian & asked her people
to recognize same-gender marriages at the tribe’s
Washington state reservation. After 4 years of lobbying
tribal members the 28 year old didn’t know how much
support she had. "When I turned around to sit back
down I was shaking," Purser recalled Tuesday. Then
the council put the issue to a voice vote of the people.
"Everyone said aye. No one said nay," Purser said.
So on Monday the Suquamish Tribal Council ratified
the people’s wishes & recognized gay marriage, making
it only the second tribe in the country known to do so.
The new law allows the tribal court to issue a marriage
license to 2 unmarried people, regardless of their sex,
if they’re at least 18 years old & at least one of them is
enrolled in the tribe. Gay marriage is still illegal in the
state, but the Legislature this year approved a measure
recognizing same-gender unions from other jurisdictions,
which include other nations. State lawmakers also have
approved a so-called "everything but marriage" law,
granting same-gender couples many rights but still falls
short of heterosexual couples.
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