Cherokee nation is the second-largest Native American tribe – and it wasn’t obliged to accept the ruling on gay marriage being legal, due to complex relationships between tribal and state legal systems. Still, the attorney general of Cherokee nation Todd Hembree declared his opinion on gay marriage at the beginning of December, effectively legalizing it!
“The right to marry without the freedom to marry the person of one’s choice is no right at all“, attorney general for Cherokee nation stated. It actually began with a tax, because tribal tax commission asked attorney general whether the tribe could issue a vehicle tag to a same-sex couple married outside the tribe’s jurisdiction. One thing led to another… And how gay marriage is legal in Cherokee nation!
“We were having to deal with this kind of thing on a daily basis,” Chrissi Nimmo (tribal assistant attorney) stated. “Administratively and practically, it makes things easier.”