Cherokee couple faces another challenge to marriage

A second lawsuit has been filed to challenge the same-sex marriage of a Cherokee Nation couple.

A group of Cherokee Nation council members filed a lawsuit last Friday to block the marriage license obtained by Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley. "We don't want gay marriages in the Cherokee Nation. It's that simple," council member Linda O'Leary told the Associated Press.

The move comes after the tribe's top court last Wednesday held that a private citizen lacked the right to challenge the union.

Get the Story:
Councilors join Cherokee gay marriage controversy (The Tahlequah Daily Press 8/10)
Second lawsuit is filed to block Cherokee lesbian couple's marriage (AP 8/10)
New Move To Block Gay Cherokee Marriage (365Gay 8/9)

Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal Decision:
In the matter of Reynolds and McKinley (August 3, 2005)

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Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits -
Dine Coalition for Cultural Preservation -

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