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Opinion: Cherokees learned bigotry from Baptists


"Why is [same-sex marriage] such a hot-button issue for the Cherokees, as it would be for any other Native American tribe? When our son came out, one of the first places I went to ask questions was “the stomp grounds.”

This is where the traditional Cherokee worship, and I wanted to know what the elders and leaders there said about someone being gay. What I learned was that these wise elders said nothing.

Homosexuality was not important to the definition of an individual, they said. Certainly opposite-gender sexual relationships were the most common form, but same-sex couples were not unknown.

These gay couples existed, were recognized, and were an accepted part of society.

Get the Story:
Joyce Rock: Baptists taught Cherokee bigotry (The Southern Voice 10/1)

Relevant Links:
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org

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