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Navajo and Cherokee Native American Tribes Ban Gay Marriage, Cite Christian Influences

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  • Navajo and Cherokee Native American Tribes Ban Gay Marriage, Cite Christian Influences

    The Navajo and Cherokee Naive American tribes have a collective 600,000 members. In the United States, their land is considered sovereign land – meaning they are technically free to do as they wish on their own land. Which also means that if they do not want to allow same-sex marriage – they don’t have to… no matter what the Supreme Court says.

    The indigenous people living in North Carolina updated their tribal laws to ban same-sex marriages from taking place on their tribal land recently in response to North Carolina issuing same-sex marriage licenses. However, Cherokee leaders in Oklahoma and North Carolina claim people can still get married in other counties – just not on indigenous land.

    John Hawk Co-Cke’ (co-KAY), an enrolled member of the Osage Nation who’s gay, said that before reservations were created, many tribes had no problem with men who embraced their feminine side and women who lean toward their masculine side, inspiring the term two-spirit people. Two-spirit people were sometimes given special ceremonial roles because of their ability to go into both the masculine and feminine world.

    Only one of the ten largest Native American tribes allows same-sex marriage. Co-Cke’ cited the influence of Christianity over the reservations as the source of their stance on gay marriage.
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