Navajo lesbian speaks out about same-sex marriage

Navajo lesbian speaks out about same-sex marriage

By Louva Hartwell
NativeOUT News

Navajo Nation — An editorial written by Navajo LGBT rights activist Tomasina Grey was recently printed in the April 6, 2006 Navajo Times.  In her editorial she speaks out against the Dine’ Marriage Act of 2005 and Albert Deschinnie’s comments mentioned in the “Crying Game” article, published in the Phoenix New Times. The follow up article to the “Crying Game,” with mention of Deschinnie’s comments, was the “Gays: Tribes ignoring tradition” article published in the Gallup Independent and a radio show program, “Transgender Natives” on Native America Calling.

Tomasina has also been quoted in the Navajo Times article, “Battle lines drawn in gay marriage debate,” in which she spoke out against the Dine’ Marriage Act of 2005 in the summer of 2005. The Dine’ Marriage Act of 2005 contained language that officially outlawed same-sex marriage on the Navajo Nation. It was sponsored by Navajo Nation Council Delegate Larry Anderson and enacted by the Navajo Nation Council on April 22, 2005, with 67 in favor and none opposed. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley vetoed the legislation on May 1, 2005. The Council then overrode the President’s veto with 62 in favor, 14 opposed, and 12 abstaining on June 3, 2005. A vote of at least 59 was needed to override the veto. To learn more about the Dine’ Marriage Act of 2005 and the Dine’ Coalition for Cultural Preservation, the Navajo group that opposed the legislation, visit NativeOUT’s DCCP info page.