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Navajos Push for Gay Marriage

The marriage-equality movement isn’t only sweeping state governments, but also tribal ones. Navajo members of the LGBT community are starting to fight the tribe’s ban on same-sex marriages. The Diné Marriage Act was adopted in 2005 to correspond with George W. Bush’s pressure to insert gay-marriage bans into state constitutions. Advocates argue that defeating the ban could help LGBT members of the community to be seen as equal, as well as improve the tribe’s complicated land trust system for their spouses.