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Cherokee Nation Citizens May Have Opportunity to Vote on Same-sex Marriage in June Election


TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council may vote to put same-sex marriage on the ballot in the nation’s June election. The issue of same-sex marriage arose last December when Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree issued a legal opinion that declared tribal statutes that prohibit gay marriage to be unconstitutional.

His opinion went further in that it said the Cherokee Nation cannot refuse to issue a marriage license or recognize a marriage based on sexual orientation.


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