FW: DRUMBEAT [Nat'l Black SGL/LGBT Listserv] Navajo Head Vetoes G ay Marriage Measure
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Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 10:30 AM
Subject: DRUMBEAT [Nat'l Black SGL/LGBT Listserv] 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
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
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
Shirley said the measure also goes against the Navajo teaching of
nondiscrimination and doing no psychological or physical harm to
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
There was no answer to a call placed to the council speaker's office
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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