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Group wants to repeal Navajo same-sex marriage ban

Created: 01/05/2014 3:39 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An effort to repeal the Navajo Nation's same-sex marriage ban has been energized by court decisions in some states to allow such unions.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Alray Nelson, organizer of a gay and lesbian rights group advocating a repeal of the tribe's same-sex marriage ban, is looking for new members of the council to introduce a repeal proposal.

But Council member Lorenzo Bates said no one on the council is pushing for a repeal of the law and that constituents aren't raising the issue.

An adviser to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly says the tribal president respects the choice of gay or lesbian Navajos to get married elsewhere, but that the president isn't making a repeal of the ban a priority.

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