An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe has voted to approve same-sex marriage. The Osage Nation tribe in northern Oklahoma voted on Monday in a special election to approve same-sex marriage.
As a Native American sovereign state, tribes are not affected by the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage. 52 percent of people in the special election voted to approve the change of definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
The results of the election, published by Reuters, means the tribe’s judicial branch can issue marriage licences to same-sex couples.
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There is now a majority in favour of legalising gay marriage in Northern Ireland. That’s the claim of a campaign group, who say most Northern Ireland Assembly members support the move.
Clare Moore, from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said: “A decisive majority of new MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) to support marriage equality”, at a press conference in Belfast organised by the Love Equality coalition.
The Democratic Unionists Party (DUP), who have a staunch conservative wing, have blocked same-sex marriages in the region for some years. They used a mechanism called ‘petition of concern’ to stop the measure being debated.
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