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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.

Letter to
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim
Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council Johnny Naize
Legalize Gay Marriage. It's not an abomination to love based on your sexual orientation. The Navajo Nation Government does not have the authority to tell us who we can love. Love is natural. And you can't ban rights that should never be banned and love.

We used to be sacred people called the "Two Spirit People". We were never discriminated before the white man came to our lands and sowed the religious seeds of doubt in our minds. And along with their so called "marriage is sacred". That's a joke because recently there are numerous divorce cases exploding everywhere. If marriage was sacred then it should be illegal to divorce.

I want our leaders and council to show the Navajo Nation isn't a backwards reservation using discrimination against their own people. I know it can come true because the Navajo Nation was always a liberal voting based sovereign nation. Show the world that we are capable of changing for the better. Towards a equal rights and happy nation. Please, change is great. And it's better than tearing the Navajo Nation apart because of gay marriage which should already be legalized.

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 pass struggles with: Being Rounded Up, Forced on The Long Walk, and Forced to live and survive at Fort Sumner. Along with that we experience genocide of our people and our culture. You would think that we are better than. 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.

-Kolton Mariano (from the Eastern Navajo Agency)