The attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, Todd Hembree, has rebuked the same-sex marriage ban claiming that it is a break against constitution. Hembree has argued that the groups 2004 Cherokee Nation Marriage and family Act is unconstitutional.
“The constitution affords these rights to all Cherokee citizens, regardless of sexual orientation and the Cherokee Nation, or any subdivision, must recognise validly issued civil unions, same-sex marriages, and same-sex domestic partnerships from other jurisdictions,” the AG told CNN .
The attorney general stated that this went against the nation’s own constituency, and said that both gender roles and sexuality are “Christian constructs” and before Christianity was introduced to the tribe alternative sexual orientations were recognised. The Cherokee Nation is the largest sovereign tribal group in the US with over 300,000 people who make up the nation, who are primarily based in Oklahoma.