Friday, November 30, 2007

Gay marriage in Oklahoma

I was talking with this guy at a bar in OKC who is from OK but now lives in San Francisco. He told me that when gays started pushing for marriage the christians in Oklahoma like many other states managed to get an amendment passed banning same sex marriage.

He also told me that the native american tribes in Oklahoma acknowledge/ accept and perform same sex marriages and that Oklahoma government has to acknowledge and accept native american customs and laws. Apparently Oklahoma government tried to fight this but alot of the money that maintains the bridges and helps schools in the state comes from the casinos owned by the native americans. All they had to do was threaten to stop their donations and Oklahoma government backed down immediately.

HA....

4 comments:

Will said...

Michael--thanks for this which I found fascinating. It also raised a couple of big legal questions in my mind about SOME Oklahomans having same-sex marriage in the state, others forbidden it. I copied it--with full credit to you--and put my own thoughts with it on DesignerBlog.

Michael said...

Cool! I'm glad to pass on the information.

unholy said...

Well, not exactly. The Cherokee Nation has passed a law prohibiting gay marriage. I don't know of any other tribal governments that have recognized same-sex unions. See www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/31/AR2005073100885_2.html for more info.

Michael said...

Thanks unholy for the correction.