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Indian Suquamish Tribe Approves Gay Marriage

Heather Purser

The Suquamish Tribal Council in Washington will allow same-sex couples to marry, The decision came after a four-year gay marriage campaign started by lesbian tribal member Heather Purser.

The Associated Press reports:

An American Indian Tribe in Washington state has adopted a law recognizing gay marriage, making it only the second tribe in the country known to do so.

The Suquamish Tribal Council voted Monday to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples on its reservation near Seattle, after the measure gained support from more than 100 tribal members at a meeting this spring.

The new law allows the tribal court to issue a marriage license to two unmarried people, regardless of their sex, if they’re at least 18 years old and at least one of them is enrolled in the tribe.

It will be up to other courts to decide if unions granted under the Suquamish ordinance will be recognized elsewhere in Washington, said the tribe’s attorney, Michelle Hansen.

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