Cherokee Nation To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
The Cherokee Nation's attorney general Todd Hembree has determined that same-sex marriages must be recognized.
From Tulsa World:
While a tribal court recently avoided ruling on the issue, the Cherokee Nation will begin recognizing same-sex marriages under an opinion issued Friday by the tribe’s attorney general, who said that Cherokees practiced something similar to gay marriage in past centuries.
While agreeing that the tribe, as a sovereign nation itself, was not bound by the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, Todd Hembree echoed the court’s reasoning, deciding that the tribe’s own constitution “protects the fundamental right to marry” regardless of the genders involved in the relationship.
Cherokee officials will not be allowed to make conscientious objections to issuing marriage licenses or processing benefits. However, no minister or individual Cherokee citizen will be forced to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Congrats to all of the Cherokee gay couples!