W hen same-sex marriage was introduced across all 50 states last year, there was an exception for Native American nations who live within the United States, recognising their autonomy. However, the Cherokee and Navajos nations, the two largest in the country, have now over-turned their own ban on same-sex marriages which was enacted in 2004. The Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation, Todd Hembree, ruled that the ban represented a ban with the nation’s constitution and that everybody should be entitled to marriage, whatever their orientation or gender. He went on to say that the nations should also recognise partnerships already formed in the United States.

The decision comes after tax officials raised the issue of how to deal with couples that have got married since last year, specifically in Oklahoma where there is a large number of Native American residents. The tribal courts had declined to rule on the matter and so Todd Hembree decided to step in and rule on the matter instead. The decisions is widely welcomed by thousands of same-sex Native American couples across the United States.

Tags:

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

Comments are closed.

Dame Shirley Bassey To Release New Album as a ‘Thank You’ to her Fans

Today, Decca Records can reveal the signing of Britain’s most successful female artist of all time, Dame Shirley Bassey. With a career spanning […]

Connection’s Conceivable Comeback

Recent surveys in the UK report that approximately one in three women deem themselves less interested in sex than they […]

ALTERNATIVE MANCHESTER PRIDE FESTIVAL 2020

LGBTQ+ Charity Announces Three Days Of Celebrations Of LGBTQ+ Life In Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ charity Manchester Pride has today announced […]

Anthony (Tony) Fenwick, MBE – 27 March 1960-8 July 2020

An obituary by Schools OUT UK (LGBT+ History Month) Tony was a giant of our LGBTQ+ movement. Tony dedicated his […]

CUBITTS CREATE ONE-OFF PRIDE FRAME WITH FASHION DESIGNER AND LAMBETH MAYOR PHILIP NORMAL TO TACKLE LGBTQ+ HOMELESSNESS

Modern spectacle makers Cubitts have collaborated with fashion designer and the UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor, Philip Normal, to create a one-off pair […]

A New Chapter for Brighton’s Queer Cultural Innovators

Marlborough Productions, the company behind the Marlborough Pub & Theatre’s renowned cultural programme have ceased management of the historic LGBTQ+ […]

Schools OUT UK launches #PrideInEducation2020

Schools OUT UK launches #PrideInEducation2020 Schools OUT UK, the education charity working towards equality in education for LGBTQ+ people, today […]

Youth Pride MCR

LGBTQ+ charity takes engagement programme online with programme of workshops for 14+ LGBTQ+ young people and allies Manchester Pride is […]

Sidney & Friends on Prime

Sidney & Friends is now available on Amazon Prime Video, after more than 100 screenings in 28 countries, and winning […]

Klinko Sells Archive of Celebrity Photos for NHS COVID-19 Appeal

Acclaimed photographer, Markus Klinko is selling his ENTIRE archive of photographs, featuring everybody from David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Billie […]