Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Although same-sex marriage is illegal in Oklahoma, a Native American couple is planning on taking advantage of tribal law to marry.
Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel of Oklahoma City were granted a marriage license last week from the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribal Court. They plan on marrying October 31.
In response to the assertion that they found a loophole, Pickel says they are getting married in the sovereign nation of the Cheyenne Arapahoe Tribe, not Oklahoma. A Tribe spokeswoman says issuing a marriage certificate under tribal law requires only that both spouses be of Native American descent and live within the tribe’s jurisdiction.
See Heide Brandes, Native American Gay Couple to Take Advantage of Tribal Law to Marry, Reuters, Oct. 22, 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.