Osage Nations Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 27th, 2017 Last Updated on: March 27th, 2017

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?

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Thank you for being open-minded and accepting. Inclusion makes us all stronger.

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