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    http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/13305.html Navajo president vetoes measure against same-sex marriage Associated Press May 2, 2005 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -
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      Navajo president vetoes measure against same-sex
      marriage

      Associated Press
      May 2, 2005

      WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo President Joe Shirley
      Jr. has vetoed a measure that would have outlawed
      same-sex marriage on the Indian reservation that
      reaches into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

      "Same-sex marriage is a non-issue on Navajoland,"
      Shirley said in vetoing the measure Sunday. "So why
      waste time and resources on it? We have more important
      issues to address."

      If members of the Navajo Nation wish to define
      marriage or take a position for or against same-sex
      unions, Shirley said he would support their decision
      to do that through an initiative rather than a Tribal
      Council vote.

      The Tribal Council voted unanimously last month in
      favor of the Dine Marriage Act of 2005. Dine is the
      Navajos' name for themselves.

      The act would have restricted a recognized union to a
      relationship between a man and a woman and prohibited
      plural marriages as well as any marriage between
      parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren,
      brothers and sisters and other close relatives.

      There was no answer at the Tribal Council speaker's
      office Sunday night.

      Supporters have said the goal was to promote Navajo
      family values and preserve marriage as a sacred union
      between a man and a woman.

      Shirley said in a prepared statement released on
      Sunday that he strongly supports and encourages family
      stability and the need for Navajo husbands and wives
      to love and support each other and their children.

      However, the proposed measure said nothing about
      domestic violence, sexual assault and gangs on the
      Navajo Nation. Problems Shirley said were rampant.

      The law focused on a problem that doesn't exist and
      would only generate disharmony and disunity among the
      Navajo people, he said.

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

      Other critics of the legislation had said its sponsor,
      Delegate Larry Anderson of Fort Defiance, was
      attempting to rewrite cultural history to parallel
      conservative Christian backlash against gay rights
      across the United States.

      Same-sex marriages became a national issue last year,
      starting Feb. 12 in San Francisco when Mayor Gavin
      Newsom opened the city's wedding registry to gays
      couples. The debate reached New Mexico later that
      month when the Sandoval County clerk issued licenses
      to about 60 same-sex couples, but the state attorney
      general quickly settled the matter by advising that
      the licenses were illegal.

      Last August, the Cherokee National Tribal Council in
      Oklahoma voted to clearly define marriage as between a
      man and a woman.
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