Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

  • Share:
             
  • Comments (32)
  • Print

Colvilles recognize same-sex marriage

Initiated by tribal-council members, the action taken by the Colville Tribal Council amended the tribes’ domestic code to recognize gay marriages.

The Wenatchee World

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
But we always know what L Rod's grievances are - whisper the phrase "marriage equa... MORE
Homosexuality occurs naturally in a minority of the population, not only humans but in... MORE
L Rod - I would venture to say all frequent/regular posters that have experienced... MORE

advertising

NESPELEM, Okanogan County — The Colville Tribal Council has voted to recognize same-sex marriage.

Council Chairman Michael Finley said tribes have always known that gay people — whom they call Two-Spirited Peoples — have a special place in their society.

Finley said tribal culture has long recognized that some people are drawn to those of the same gender. “They’ve always been accepted,” he said. Now, tribal law will also treat them equally and with respect, he said.

He said there were no objections to the amendment recognizing gay marriage when the final council vote was taken Thursday, but not all 14 council members were present.

The provision affects over 9,360 members who are descendants of 12 different tribes and are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

About half of them live on the 1.4 million-acre Colville Indian Reservation.

Initiated by tribal council members, the action taken by the council on Thursday amended the tribes’ domestic code to recognize gay marriages.

Practically speaking, Finley said, it will mean that gay partners will have the same rights as a married couple of different sexes. One change already enacted allows anyone who works for the tribe to add a spouse of the same sex to their insurance and benefits.

He said the tribe will begin modifying its other codes, plans and policies to make sure they agree with the newly passed amendment.

Finley said just like anywhere else, the ways people get married on the reservation vary. But any tribal entity that now legally marries a couple will also marry same-sex partners, he said.

A news release from the Colville Tribes quoted tribal member Lois Trevino, who works for the tribe.

She could not be reached Friday, but was quoted in the news release saying, “This resolution makes me feel stronger, because it validates my relationship, and the relationships of all same sex couples, and it makes me feel safer because it offers protection and recognition for my family.”

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Free 4-week trial, then $99 a year.

Free 4-week trial, then $99 a year.

Unlimited seattletimes.com access. Try it now.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising

Career Center Blog

Career Center Blog

Looking for joy on the job


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►