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Tribe's new law recognizes gay marriage

Aug 3, 2011 6:38:00 AM - thestate.com
Standing up before dozens of Suquamish Tribal members at a general council meeting in March, Heather Purser told them she was a lesbian, and asked her people to recognize same-sex marriages at the tribe's Washington state reservation.

Even after four years of lobbying tribal members, the 28-year-old didn't know how much support she had.

"When I turned around to sit back down I was shaking," Purser recalled Tuesday.

Then the council put the issue to a voice vote of the people. "Everyone said aye. No one said nay," Purser said.

On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council ratified the people's wishes and recognized gay marriage, making it only the second tribe in the country known to do so.

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