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I am a beauty-loving ambidextrous higher-order primate who learned transcendental meditation at 7, statistical analysis at 23, tap dancing at 30, and piano at 35. I tolerate gluten, lactose, and differences of opinion, but not abuse. Or beets.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Pockets of Enlightenment on a Dark Plain

From today's New York Times:

Navajo Head Vetoes Gay Marriage Measure
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -- The president of the Navajo Nation vetoed a measure Sunday that would have banned same-sex marriage on the Indian reservation. The Tribal Council voted unanimously last month to pass legislation that restricts a recognized union to a relationship between a man and a woman, and prohibits plural marriages as well as marriages between close relatives. Supporters said the goal was to promote Navajo family values and preserve the sanctity of marriage.

President Joe Shirley Jr. said in a statement released Sunday that he strongly supports family stability but the proposed measure said nothing about domestic violence, sexual assault and gangs on the Navajo Nation--problems that are rampant. ''Same-sex marriage is a non-issue on Navajoland,'' he said. ''So why waste time and resources on it? We have more important issues to address.'' Shirley said the measure also goes against the Navajo teaching of nondiscrimination and doing no psychological or physical harm to others.

However, Shirley said if members of the tribe wanted to take a position for or against same-sex unions, he would support their decision to do so through an initiative rather than a Tribal Council vote. There was no answer to a call placed to the council speaker's office late Sunday. The Navajo Nation, which has more than 180,000 residents, spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Same-sex marriages are not allowed in any of those states.

Last year, the Cherokee National Tribal Council in Oklahoma voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman after a lesbian couple successfully filed for a tribal marriage application.


Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Thanks for sharing this article with us, K.

It is intersting how the issue of same sex marriage and promotion of family values seems to get interwoven in so many arguments.
Neglected are the issues of child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. How do these promote family values?

10:38 AM, May 02, 2005  
Anonymous indigodaisy said...

There are so many things to be concerned with in this world we live in.
Who someone chooses to *love*, is not one of them.

I often wonder how people are so fooled by the appearance of a "soul's home." It's just a marvelous casing.
People let their eyes do too much of the seeing.

Glad to see this glimmer of enlightenment.
I have always considered *American Indians to be wise in so many ways. Although I am afraid so much was stolen, they maintain admirable earthly- wisdom and true spirituality.
They live "with" the earth, not "on" the earth.

*[someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is way they now wish to be addressed.]

11:02 AM, May 02, 2005  
Blogger Jonniker said...

Thank you, Joe. For stating so plainly what I've thought for years.

There are bigger, far more harmful issues. So what if two people who love each other want to get married?

6:49 PM, May 05, 2005  

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