Tell the Navajo Nation Leaders: Legalize Gay Marriage
  • Petitioned Ben Shelly

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Navajo Nation President
Ben Shelly
Navajo Nation Vice President
Rex Lee Jim
Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council
Johnny Naize

Tell the Navajo Nation Leaders: Legalize Gay Marriage

    1. Lyle Jeff
    2. Petition by

      Lyle Jeff

      Crownpoint, NM

The Navajo Nation government does not recognize gay marriage and it is illegal to have a same-sex marriage!

I grew up with my family and extended families and it seemed like everyone was related and loving toward their families and friends. We should be a united tribe that should allow equal marriage rights, including gay marriage.

The Navajo Nation should know that they shouldn't discriminate against their own LGBT tribal members. As a tribe we should have learned that we shouldn't discriminate or alienated after our own past struggles with: Being Rounded Up, Forced on The Long Walk, and Forced to live and survive at Fort Sumner. Along with that, we experienced a genocide of our people and our culture. You would think that we should learn that violence and alienation is not the best course of action. We must learn for the past and use that knowledge to insure that our current culture and traditions will not die but be used for a brighter future.

The LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) of our tribe should be allowed to marry. And putting up a ban shows how much our leaders have learned about the past. They should know better. We, the LGBT community, are part of this tribe too. Please! Don't discriminate against us anymore. We need true equal rights on the reservation. Please allow us to marry who we love, and sexual orientation isn't a choice. Love shouldn't be voted on.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. 202 Signatures!

      Lyle Jeff
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much! Keep spreading the world! >_< <3

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      Lyle Jeff
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for the 180 signatures! I only ask for opinions and revisions on my petition or the letter. You may message me or post a comment.

      Thanks so much! :D

    4. Reached 100 signatures
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      Lyle Jeff
      Petition Organizer

      11 signatures reached already! Thank you all! <3

    6. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Katherine Gottlieb GLENCOE, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      My Navajo friend directed me to this petition -- I want her to be able to be proud of her people.

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    • TK Labus TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      How can you resent discrimination of your culture while discriminating against your own children? Like begets like. Time for a shift in perspective.

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    • Tao Etpison SAN CARLOS, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I serve on the San Carlos Apache Tribal council and grew up openly gay. I have studied the law, served as advocate, counselor, prosecutor, tribal judge and now legislator. I fully support rights for gays.

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    • ShunDean Beyale TSAILE, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      Because i Believe everyone is entitled to their own rights. We are all people and deserve the same amount of right. Whether your gay straight or Bi.

      Love is Love

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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WAS A RESPECTED INSTITUTION ON THE AMERICAN CONTINENT AMONG MANY, MANY NATIVE AMERICAN GROUPS, LONG BEFORE THE COMING AND THE COLONIZATION OF THE EUROPEANS.

      That this is an INDISPUTABLE FACT, is borne out by the stories told {and written down!} by early explorers, fur traders, and Missionaries. Needless to say, they were SHOCKED! by such an "expression of Godlessness!" Some un-biased, un-culture-bound Anthropologists wrote about this, too; and modern Anthropologists and University Scholars are doing research on it. YOU CAN CONFIRM THIS BY LOOKING IT UP; start with Wikipedia and follow up on the many references given!

      The WIDELY-ACCEPTED INSTITUTION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, was SUPPRESSED by the Christian Missionaries; to the extent that many peoples have FORGOTTEN it, or have been made TOO ASHAMED TO SPEAK OF IT.

      However, IT DOES EXIST IN DOCUMENTS, AND EVEN IN PHOTOGRAPHS from the turn-of-the-century.

      THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OUGHT TO BE MORE WIDELY KNOWN, especially among Native Americans themselves, who NEED NOT BE ASHAMED ANY LONGER!

      Blechhhhhhhh -- to those narrow-minded "Christian" Missionaries!!!

      In my own State of Washington, THE SUQUAMISH TRIBE HAS BECOME THE SECOND NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE TO RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE {within the Tribe, for Tribal Members}. {See the Seattle Times; or Seattle Gay News, August 5, 2011.} These are "the people of Chief Seattle", after whom my City is named.

      "The Suquamish Tribal Council voted UNANIMOUSLY on August 1 to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples."

      {In doing this, they were being VERY TRADITIONAL, rather than "innovative"!!!}

      To sum up, OBVIOUSLY, being "different" in gender expression, is AS OLD AS THE HUMAN RACE. {This has proved true cross-culturally, in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, etc. etc. etc. }

      One can't know that EVERY tribe had same-sex marriage; tribes were Nations with different languages and widely-varying customs.

      However, it is CERTAIN that "Two-Spirit" people EXISTED; and, as I said at the beginning, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS AN OLD AND MUCH-HONORED TRADITION IN EVERY SENSE, ON THIS AMERICAN CONTINENT.

      Now go forth and TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!

      Oh, "In 2009 the Coquille Indian Tribe in Coos Bay, Oregon, became what is believed to be the first Native American tribe to marry a same-sex couple..." {in Modern Times, I may add!}.

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