As of June 26, 2015, most Americans were given the right to same-sex marriage in the United States, but not all. Native American tribes have their own federally recognized tribal government that makes their own laws. On Monday, the Osage Nation, a Native American tribe mostly focused in Oklahoma, voted to recognize same-sex marriage.
There’s about 15,000 members of the Osage Nation, and on Monday about 53% of the voters voted for marriage to recognize “two persons” versus between a “man and woman.” This was the first time that the Osage Nation held a referendum to change tribal law.
Osage Nation Congresswoman Alice Buffalohead sponsored the proposal and said after the election results came in, “We’re thankful for all the Osages who voted in this election. The time for discrimination is over.”
“This was overdue,” said Osage tribal member Jennifer Tiger to Osage News. She drove all the way from California to vote in person.
She added, “The United States Supreme Court recognized gay marriage two years ago. This was long overdue.”
The Osage Nation joins the Cherokee, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Nations in recognizing same-sex marriage now, though there are still many nations that do not.