King called her girlfriend, Brittany Nunley, who is Cherokee and shared the good news.
“I think its awesome,” Nunley told CNN. “I have been really proud of my Cherokee heritage and to be able to get a marriage license is just awesome.”
“This is just another way we can incorporate her heritage into our lives and are thankful for opportunity,” King said.
Attorney General Todd Hembree’s opinion specifically says two sections of the 2004 Cherokee Nation Marriage and Family Act are unconstitutional.
He said the tribe’s constitution protects certain fundamental rights, among them the right to marry.
“The constitution affords these rights to all Cherokee citizens, regardless of sexual orientation and the Cherokee Nation, or any subdivision, must recognize validly issued civil unions, same-sex marriages, and same-sex domestic partnerships from other jurisdictions,” the opinion says.
The US Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote in June 2015 that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.
Nunley said …
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