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NEWS: Michigan Indian Tribe Approves Gay Marriage

By March 6, 2013

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An Indian tribe in the north of Michigan has voted to recognize same-sex marriage on reservation grounds. Sunday's vote passed 5-4 in the legislature. The measure is now up to the tribal chairman for approval or rejection. Either way, the council will need 7 votes to veto the chairman's decision.

An approval would make the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians the third tribe to legalize same-sex marriage. In 2009, the Coquille Tribe of North Bend, Oregon began recognizing gay unions. The Suquamish Tribe in Suquamish, Washington followed in 2011.

Since Indian tribes are self-governing, Michigan's 2004 ban on gay marriage does not apply.
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