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Little Traverse Band chair to preside over 1st same-sex wedding

Friday will be a historic day for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan.

The tribe's same-sex marriage law will be signed into law by Chairman Dexter McNamara. He will then preside over the first same-sex wedding on the reservation between two of his friends -- Tim LaCroix, a 53-year-old tribal member, and partner, Gene Barfield, the 60-year-old former president of the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of America.

The tribe's defines marriage as a union between "two persons." At least one person must be a tribal member.

Get the Story:
Tribal couple planning to make gay marriage history in Michigan (The Petoskey News-Review 3/13)

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