Wasson requests that you please read the articles from the April 2013 Little Traverse Bay Bands Newletter, I am unable to reproduce them here as they are in PDF format and copyrighted material. ~ Melanie Fish
I have provided the link below to take you to the website. Click on the link at the very top of the page "April 2013"
The articles are:
LTBB Becomes Only Third Tribe in the U.S. and the Only Tribe in the State of Michigan To Recognize Same Sex Marriage
LTBB Tribal Citizen Tim LaCroix and Gene Barfield First Same Sex Legally Married Couple in the State of Michigan
"My Tribe the LTBB just passed into law Gay Marriage endorsement for our people. At least one of the couple needs to be a [tribal] citizen here, and we have already had at least one wedding. The latest issue of our newsletter has the full story.
As far as we know we are only the third Tribe in the Nation to have such a tribal law. Its crazy because I was offline for only a week and gone a week in Canada and I get on and see all these = symbols on everyone Facebook page. I am not sure what caused the recent Facebook awareness....but I think its great. Our new statute barely passed with a vote of 5 to 4 and the tribal chairman could have vetoed it and he didn't.
Now my opinion about this issue is mostly obvious. All the
reasons that I have read on Facebook that support gay right
to marriage I totally agree with, but our tribe has become split on the
issue. I have to think its still residual effects because of Holy
Childhood Boarding school that is still just down the road. I excuse
those people because I understand the reason for thinking as because of
the trauma from those not so distant days of the boarding school. Our
traditional cultural people have always been accepting of everyone even
when they have more lessons to learn. Look at the example of
alcoholics, our people don't usually turn our backs on those people, but
rather wait until they learn what they need to become strong whole
humans. So it doesn't matter whether you agree or disagree with gay
right to marriage, its really so individual, we have absolutely no right
to impose on their life journey. I am indifferent, I neither agree or
disagree, because its non of my business. But I do support individuals
to live in the way they believe
is natural for them. Choice or not doesn't matter to me. I accept gay
people or straight people, what I don't accept is mean people."