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Override of Navajo same-sex marriage bill sought

The Navajo Nation Council delegate who introduced a bill to ban same-sex marriage is seeking to override President Joe Shirley Jr.'s veto of the controversial measure.

Delegate Larry Anderson issued a statement on Friday criticizing Shirley's veto. "The president�s action to reject this worthwhile legislation appears to manipulate and to gain popular acceptance and preparation for his re-election campaign slogan for the upcoming Navajo Nation primary and general election," Anderson said.

Anderson said the measure does not discriminate or divide Navajo people. But gay Navajos and gay Native Americans say banning same-sex marriage ignores Navajo traditions regarding naadhleh, a two-spirit person with male and female characteristics.

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