I came across this happy little article the other day:
Two women, one of whom is Coquille, will be getting married next May with the Coquille Indian Tribe:
As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon’s Constitution. The tribe recently adopted a law that recognizes same-sex marriage and extends to gay and lesbian partners, at least one of whom must be a Coquille, all tribal benefits of marriage.
The Coquilles (which tribal leaders prefer to pronounce KO-kwell) are probably the first tribe in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, says Brian Gilley, a University of Vermont anthropology professor and author of the book, “Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country.”
(read the rest at The Bilerico Report)
I wonder if they’ll get Hallmark cards:
Most states don’t recognize gay marriage — but now Hallmark does.
The nation’s largest greeting card company is rolling out same-sex wedding cards — featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside. ”Two hearts. One promise,” one says.
(read the rest at The Advocate)
This domino effect reminds me of the mid-90s when dotcoms started offering domestic partnership benefits, and then the Fortune 500 followed, and then cities and some states followed them. It’s all beginning to come together…