Monday, May 17, 2004
From the wild frontier of the culture wars:
"Cherokee Nation officials are scrambling to clarify their marriage laws after a lesbian couple obtained an application for marriage.We already use many small exotic nations as tax law dodges, why not use small indigenous nations as family law dodges? If successful, this would not have been the first case of using the status of indigenous peoples to circumvent local laws - not with casinos on Indian reservations and all that. Mind you, this could trump Las Vegas; a same-sex marriage ceremony performed by an Elvis impersonator at a gambling house.
"Gay-rights activists hoped the tribe's sovereign status would force recognition of gay marriages in Oklahoma, which bans same-sex weddings but honors Cherokee marriage applications. But tribal leaders said they have no intention of allowing such marriages."