The tribal council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan has just joined the ranks with two other U.S. tribal nations that allow for marriage equality. The statue that just passed allows for the tribe to recognized and perform same-sex marriages! What’s even more exciting, is this just one example of a greater move towards acceptance, reports Think Progress.
Marriage equality at Little Traverse is the latest in a larger movement by tribal members and tribal leaders to pass marriage equality measures. In fact, a new tribal LGBT equality toolkit was just released last fall to help tribal leaders incorporate comprehensive protections for LGBT people and families into their tribal codes. The Indigenous Ways of Knowing program, which released the toolkit, is now working on implementing with interested tribal leaders and their governments.
This is so cool. And the ever-rolling snowball of equality keeps on going!