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  • Kevin Bynes
    ... From: b2gud2btru [mailto:b2gud2btru@yahoo.com] Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 10:30 AM To: nationalblacksgllgbt@yahoogroups.com Subject: DRUMBEAT [Nat l Black
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      From: b2gud2btru [mailto:b2gud2btru@...]
      Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 10:30 AM
      To: nationalblacksgllgbt@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: DRUMBEAT [Nat'l Black SGL/LGBT Listserv] Navajo Head Vetoes Gay Marriage Measure

      Navajo Head Vetoes Gay Marriage Measure
      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

      Published: May 1, 2005


      Filed at 11:20 p.m. ET

      WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -- The president of the Navajo Nation vetoed
      a measure Sunday that would have banned same-sex marriage on the
      Indian reservation.

      The Tribal Council voted unanimously last month to pass legislation
      that restricts a recognized union to a relationship between a man and
      a woman, and prohibits plural marriages as well as marriages between
      close relatives.

      Supporters said the goal was to promote Navajo family values and
      preserve the sanctity of marriage.

      President Joe Shirley Jr. said in a statement released Sunday that he
      strongly supports family stability but the proposed measure said
      nothing about domestic violence, sexual assault and gangs on the
      Navajo Nation -- problems that are rampant.

      ''Same-sex marriage is a non-issue on Navajoland,'' he said. ''So why
      waste time and resources on it? We have more important issues to
      address.''

      Shirley said the measure also goes against the Navajo teaching of
      nondiscrimination and doing no psychological or physical harm to
      others.

      However, Shirley said if members of the tribe wanted to take a
      position for or against same-sex unions, he would support their
      decision to do so through an initiative rather than a Tribal Council
      vote.

      There was no answer to a call placed to the council speaker's office
      late Sunday.

      The Navajo Nation, which has more than 180,000 residents, spans parts
      of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Same-sex marriages are not allowed
      in any of those states.

      Last year, the Cherokee National Tribal Council in Oklahoma voted to
      define marriage as between a man and a woman after a lesbian couple
      successfully filed for a tribal marriage application.

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