Cherokee Nation & Same-Sex Marriage

December 9th

On Decemer 9th, 2016, the Cherokee Nation recognizes same-sex marriage.

Todd Hembree, the tribe’s attorney general wrote, “The right to marry without the freendom to marry the person of one’s choice is no right at all. The history of perpetual partnerships and marriage among Cherokees supports the conclusion that Cherokee citizens have a fundamental right not only to choose a spouse but alos, with mutual consent, to join together and form a household irrespective of sexual orientation. Our oral history teaches us also that the Cherokee and Euro-American worldviews differed dramatically regarding appropriate gender roles, marriage, sexuality, and spiritual beliefs. Indeed, while the majority of Cherokees subscribe to the tranditional gender roles, evidence suggest a tradition of homosexuality or alternative sexuality among a minority of Cherokees.”

The decision took place immediately.

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