Tribe's Loophole Lets Gay Couple Wed in Oklahoma
Jason Pickel, Darren Black Bear are first same-sex couple to do so
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 2:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Oklahoma doesn't allow gay marriage, yet Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear recently became the first same-sex couple to marry in the state. A tribal law loophole is to thank: State laws don't apply on sovereign Native American land, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal code requires only that both spouses be of Native American descent and live within the tribe's jurisdiction. Gender is not mentioned, KOCO reports. Pickel got the idea to ask the tribe if he and Black Bear could wed after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

"I was really expecting a big no. I thought we're on our way to Iowa [where gay marriage is legal], but I called the tribe and they said, 'Yeah come on down, it's 20 bucks,'" Pickel says. "I do know at the end of the day the state offices won't recognize it, but they kind of have to." The tribe had declined to wed Pickel and Black Bear in 2009, the Huffington Post reports, but that was before DOMA was struck down.

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Pharaoh_on_earth
Oct 24, 2013 6:27 AM CDT
Congrates to Pickeled-Black Bear!
TruthIsNotRelative
Oct 23, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
Written almost 2000 years ago, seems prophetic: Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man - and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
RangerNXS1
Oct 22, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
yep they were "in a pickel" but had "no reservations" about it! (these were too easy)