Voicing their opinion in the starkest terms, the tribal council of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in America, which houses over 300,000 members, voted 63-0 last week in support of a bill that would ban gay marriage. Joe Shirley Jr., the tribal president, has previously opposed such a ban, and he remains undecided on how he will proceed with the issue. The bill was passed on Friday, April 22, and the tribal president must decide within the current 10-day window whether he will sign the bill.

In a parallel but related move, earlier this month Connecticut joined Vermont to be the second state to allow same sex civil unions.

Mimi Hanaoka


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