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Court orders Ak-Chin tribe to recognize same-sex marriages

Posted at 11:47 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 14:47:02-04

A tribal court has cleared the way for gay couples to marry on an American Indian reservation in the Phoenix area after a two-year legal battle that could have repercussions for Native Americans elsewhere.

The Arizona Republic reports the court ruled that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry under the constitution of the Ak-Chin community and the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Robert Miguel says he would not appeal the ruling.

The court ruling says four other Arizona tribes recognize same-sex marriages, including the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the White Mountain Apache tribe.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,