Alray Nelson: Navajo Nation must stand up for marriage equality

A booth promoting the repeal of the Dine Marriage Act of 2005. Photo from Marriage Equality for the Navajo Nation / Facebook

Alray Nelson, the founder of the Coalition for Navajo Equality, calls for the repeal of the Dine Marriage Act of 2005 in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage:
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision in favor of marriage equality, making it so that same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and be treated with respect for their marriages across all 50 states. This has little to no impact towards how we treat same-sex couples residing on the Navajo Nation because of the discriminatory Diné Marriage Act.

Our Nation has a long march towards equality but we can only move forward. Although the Coalition for Navajo Equality is pleased with the court decision reaffirming our fundamental right to marry who we love, the Diné Marriage Act is still the law of the land. Yet, we believe this victory provides us a foundation to also seek action to its direct repeal. Let me be clear — gay and lesbian Navajo couples only want to be treated with fairness and respect by their Nation.

President Russell Begaye and the Navajo Nation Council now have a real opportunity to take a stand and be champions for our equality. Their support will end 10 years of discrimination towards our gay and lesbian couples and their families.

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