LBBT Passes Pro Gay Marriage Law - Wasson Speaks

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"

http://www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov/newspaper/NewsletterFrameset-3.htm

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

Wasson Speaks:

"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."