Same-Sex Couple Legally Marries In Oklahoma Despite Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Oklahoma couple Jason Pickel (left) and Darren Black Bear found a pretty big loophole in order to defy Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban and legally marry in their home state.
For the past five years, Jason's wanted to marry boyfriend Darren Black Bear. The two even planned a trip to Iowa, a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. But when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June, Pickel had an idea. He called the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe's courthouse and asked a simple question .
"I was really expecting a big no,” said Pickel. “I thought we're on our way to Iowa, but I called the tribe and they said, 'Yeah come on down, it's twenty bucks.'"
Twenty dollars for what no amount of money could buy in Oklahoma -- a marriage license made legal by the tribal code. Its requirements, both people be of Native American descent and live within the tribe's jurisdiction. Nowhere does it specify gender.
So now Pickel and Black Bear are the first legally married same-sex couple in Oklahoma.
Well played, gentlemen. Well played.