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Same-sex couple plans wedding under Cheyenne-Arapaho law





A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma is welcoming the public to celebrate his marriage to his partner.

Darren Black Bear will be saying his vows on Halloween to Jason Pickel. The men are the third couple to receive a marriage license under tribal law.

"People keep saying we found a loophole to get married in Oklahoma. But we're not getting married in Oklahoma," Pickel told Reuters. "We're getting married in the sovereign nation of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe."

Black Bear's father, a minister, will officiate at the ceremony.

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Gay Native America couple to wed in outlawed state thanks to tribal law (Reuters 10/23)
Gay Couple Weds in Oklahoma Through Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Despite State Ban (Indian Country Today 10/23)
Gay couple uses tribal law to marry in Oklahoma (Yahoo News 10/22)
Gay couple obtains marriage license legally within Oklahoma borders (KOKH 10/22)

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