Supporters of same-sex marriage within the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians say they will keep pushing for a law change. But an amendment to the tribe’s Constitution failed this week, according to the Petoskey News-Review.
Tribal council split on the issue four-to-five. Some councilors philosophically opposed the question of same-sex marriage. But a question was also raised over whether the tribe would be overstepping its authority by extending the right to couples even when one of the partners is not a member of the tribe.
The council did vote to reconsider that question. Michigan law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. But, as a sovereign nation, the Harbor Springs-based tribe can make its own law.