As reported in the Osage Nation News this week, members of the tribe voted in a special election to recognize gay marriage by law.
In complete, but unofficial results, Osages approved the same-sex marriage question with 52.38 percent voting in favor of amending the definition of marriage to recognize “a personal relation between two persons.”
Voters also passed a Constitutional amendment question with an 82.18 percent “yes” vote. This amendment changes the constitution to add: “the annual budget of the Osage Nation shall be governed by the principles of transparency and accountability, and the budgetary process encompassing those principles shall be set forth in Osage law.”
The Osage Nation follows in the footsteps of the Cherokee Nation and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe as the only tribal nations in Oklahoma to recognize gay marriage. Do you think more tribes will follow suit?