Marriage Act opponents speak out

Marriage Act opponents speak out

Claim Navajo Nation government is trying to legalize discrimination

Source: Gallup Independent
By Pamela G. Dempsey
Diné Bureau

GALLUP — Someday, when Louva Hartwell comes home to the Navajo Nation, she hopes to return to the inclusive and tolerant traditions she grew up with.

The gay, single mother lives in Phoenix now for the economic opportunities. Returning to the Navajo Nation, though, is part of her future plans.

However, Hartwell and the more than 1,000 people who have signed a petition opposing the Diné Marriage Act, are afraid the Navajo Nation government is taking the first steps to legalize discrimination.

“I don’t like the message it sends to my daughter, that gay people are second-class citizens,” Hartwell said.

The Navajo Nation Council will consider on Friday a measure to override Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr.’s veto of the Diné Marriage Act, an amendment to Title Nine of the Navajo Nation Code that prohibits same-sex marriages, plural marriages, and marriages between blood relatives.

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Article title: Marriage Act opponents speak out
By: By Pamela G. Dempsey
Source: Gallup Independent, June 2, 2005