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Cherokee Tribe Considers Vote On Same-Sex Marriage

TAHLEQUAH, OK (KWTV)- Cherokee Nation is considering putting same-sex marriage to a vote.

In December 2016, the tribe's attorney general, Todd Hembree, legalized same-sex marriage for the entire tribe. But, now, Cherokee tribal councilor David Walkingstick wants to put same-sex marriage to a public vote instead of taking the attorney general's opinion as law.

Nearly 13 years ago, Dawn and Kathy Reynolds-McKinley tried to get a marriage license from the Cherokee Nation and got turned away. The tribe then banned gay marriage.

Even though they were already married in Oklahoma, the couple was thrilled and got their official Cherokee marriage license.

"We weren't just filing it for us, we were filing it for everyone else that, through the 13 years we went through this, came up to us and told us, 'We're Cherokee and I'd love to marry my partner someday,'" Dawn said.

"Equality is not something that should be voted on. It should be guaranteed," Kathy said.

The tribal council will vote on the resolution today. If it passes, a special election will be held in June.

Information provided by KWTV.

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