Thursday, September 29, 2005

Gay marriage battle plays out in Cherokee Nation

Gay marriage battle plays out in Cherokee Nation Truth be told, Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley were content living in quiet Oklahoma suburban anonymity raising their child together. But when Dawn was barred from Kathy's hospital room because she wasn't family, it wasn't longer before they brought the national battle over same-sex marriage to the heart of Indian country as they moved to become the first gay couple to marry under Cherokee law. The lesbian couple exchanged vows after receiving a marriage application, only to have tribal council trying to nullify the marriage. "We were told that the Cherokee law didn't exclude same-sex marriages," Reynolds said. "We just wanted recognition for our relationship."�
[Date: 01-Aug-05 ]

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