Petition Closed

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
TO THE SUQUAMISH AND THE COQUILLE INDIAN NATIONS FOR THEIR SENSE OF UPRIGHTNESS AND COMPASSION
AND RECOGNITION THAT DIFFERENCES ARE TO BE RESPECTED, NOT DENIED.

It is a FACT that ought to be MUCH more widely-recognized than it is now:

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WAS A VENERATED 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! {Can start with "berdache".}

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!

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 the 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, more than "innovative"!!!}

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 stated at the beginning, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS AN OLD AND MUCH-HONORED TRADITION IN EVERY SENSE, ON THIS AMERICAN CONTINENT.
Now let's go and TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!

"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!}. Showing wonderful Leadership.....

Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish, Leonard Forsman, is quoted as saying {in Seattle Gay News}:
"We are open and tolerant, and we want to make sure our members are offered the opportunity to be happy and free in their lives. This lined up with our values as a tribe. We don't discriminate."
Setting an inspiring EXAMPLE......

The change in Suquamish tribal law came on the initiative of Heather Purser.... [who] was raised on Suquamish tribal land ....[and] came out as a Lesbian while attending WWU. What ONE DEDICATED PERSON can do!

 

Letter to
SuquamishTribe; CoquilleTribe; ALL NativeAmerican Tribes
I just signed the following petition addressed to: SuquamishTribe; CoquilleTribe; ALL NativeAmerican Tribes.

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Allow and perform Same-Sex Marriages for Tribal Members

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
TO THE SUQUAMISH AND THE COQUILLE INDIAN NATIONS FOR THEIR SENSE OF UPRIGHTNESS AND COMPASSION
AND RECOGNITION THAT DIFFERENCES ARE TO BE RESPECTED, NOT DENIED.

It is a FACT that ought to be MUCH more widely-recognized than it is now:

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WAS A VENERATED 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! {Can start with "berdache".}

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!

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 the 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, more than "innovative"!!!}

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 stated at the beginning, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS AN OLD AND MUCH-HONORED TRADITION IN EVERY SENSE, ON THIS AMERICAN CONTINENT.
Now let's go and TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!

"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!}. Showing wonderful Leadership.....

Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish, Leonard Forsman, is quoted as saying {in Seattle Gay News}:
"We are open and tolerant, and we want to make sure our members are offered the opportunity to be happy and free in their lives. This lined up with our values as a tribe. We don't discriminate."
Setting an inspiring EXAMPLE......

The change in Suquamish tribal law came on the initiative of Heather Purser.... [who] was raised on Suquamish tribal land ....[and] came out as a Lesbian while attending WWU. What ONE DEDICATED PERSON can do!



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Sincerely,