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Tribal chairman to OK same-sex marriage, wed 2 men

The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe is scheduled to officiate at the wedding of two men Friday after signing a bill authorizing same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press

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HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. —

The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe is scheduled to officiate at the wedding of two men Friday after signing a bill authorizing same-sex marriage.

The tribal council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians approved the measure March 3 on a 5-4 vote.

Chairman Dexter McNamara says he'll sign the bill at 10 a.m. at the tribal government building in Harbor Springs and the marriage ceremony will follow.

At least two other U.S. Indian tribes recognize gay marriage.

Michigan voters approved a ban on bay marriage in 2004, although federally recognized American Indian tribes are self-governing and not bound by state law. A spokesman for Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO-tee) says Michigan would not recognize the validity of same-sex marriages conducted by tribes.

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