Michigan Native American Tribe Set To Advance Marriage Equality

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians could become the first Native American tribe in Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages and only the third in the U.S. The 4,000-member tribe live mostly in the Northern Lower Peninsula, and as a sovereign nation, it can implement marriage equality even though the state of Michigan has a constitutional amendment defining marriage only as a man and a woman. A tribe member pointed out that the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman did not exist until Europeans settlers introduced it.