We took their land, decimated their culture, gave them communicable diseases and finally pushed them into reservations. But it appears some Native Americans still haven’t gotten the memo on what it means to be a real Uh-merican.
The new law allows the tribal court to issue a marriage license to two unmarried people, “regardless of their sex,” if they at least 18 years old and at least one of them is an enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe. In 2009 the Coquille Indian Tribe in Coos Bay, Oregon, became what many believed to be the first Indian tribe to marry a gay couple, two women from Edmonds, Wash.
Heather Purser, who petitioned the Suquamish council to endorse marriage equality, said she was surprised she didn’t face greater opposition. “I was expecting a major fight. I didn’t think anyone would support me,” she told the Kitsap Sun. “Really it was the Suquamish people who approved this.”