Navajo council overrides veto

Navajo council overrides veto

Move restores same-sex marriage ban

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Source: Associated Press and Arizona Republic

ALBUQUERQUE – The Navajo Nation’s tribal government gathered enough votes last week to override a veto of a law that bans same-sex marriage on the nation’s largest Indian reservation.

The council voted 62-14 Friday, with 12 delegates abstaining or absent, to override the decision by Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. last month to veto the Dine Marriage Act of 2005. Dine is the Navajos’ name for themselves.

The act defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman and prohibits plural marriages as well as marriage between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, brothers and sisters and other close relatives.

“In the traditional Navajo ways, gay marriage is a big ‘no-no,’ ” said Kenneth Maryboy, a delegate from Montezuma Creek, Utah, who voted in favor of the ban. “It all boils down to the circle of life. We were put on the Earth to produce offspring.”

Gay activists who argued that such a law imposes a Christian perspective on a culture that historically has been tolerant and respectful of homosexuals, expressed disappointment in the vote.

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Article title: Navajo council overrides veto
Source: Associated Press and Arizona Republic (possibly published on June 14, 2005)
By Anna Macias Aguayo