odawa indians http://michiganradio.org en Odawa tribe gay couple invited to White House http://michiganradio.org/post/odawa-tribe-gay-couple-invited-white-house <p>BOYNE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Two men who became spouses at a Michigan Indian reservation in a state that bans same-sex marriages have been invited to the White House.</p><p><a href="MLive.com">MLive.com</a> <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/06/first_gay_couple_married_in_mi.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+michigan-news+%28Michigan+News,+Updates,+Photos,+Videos+and+Opinions+-+MLive.com%29&amp;utm_content=Google+Reader">reports</a> that Tim LaCroix and Gene Barfield will be guests of President Barack Obama on Thursday at a reception honoring LGBT Pride Month. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.</p><p>The men were married in March by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, of which LaCroix is a member.&nbsp; Same-sex marriage is prohibited in Michigan, but federally recognized Native American tribes are self-governing and aren't bound by state law.</p><p>Barfield and LaCroix say they were shocked to receive the invitation and canceled a scheduled trip to California.</p><p>The longtime partners live in Boyne City.</p><p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:29:41 +0000 The Associated Press 12956 at http://michiganradio.org Odawa tribe gay couple invited to White House Northern Michigan tribe legalizes same sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/northern-michigan-tribe-legalizes-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>A Native American tribe in northern Michigan has become one of the first in the nation to legalize same sex marriage.</p><p>The Tribal Chairman of the <a href="http://www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov/TribalHistory.html">Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians</a> signed a statute Friday to legalize same sex marriage. Just moments after Chairman Dexter McNamara gave the final swipe of his pen, he married two men from Boyne City.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:50:45 +0000 Emily Fox 11730 at http://michiganradio.org Northern Michigan tribe legalizes same sex marriage Tribe considers recognizing same-sex marriages http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-considers-recognizing-same-sex-marriages <p>HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) - The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians&#39; tribal council is considering a constitutional amendment that would recognize same-sex marriages.</p><p>The Petoskey News-Review and WPBN-TV report the American Indian tribe would be the first in Michigan and among a few nationwide to legalize gay marriages if the amendment is adopted.</p><p>Most of the about 4,000 people in the tribe live in Michigan&#39;s northern Lower Peninsula. If the measure is approved, at least one of partner would have to be a member of the tribe. The idea was initially encouraged by two tribal citizens in a letter to the tribal council urging consideration of an amendment.</p><p>The proposal currently is in a public comment period. The current tribal constitution defines marriage as between &quot;one man and one woman.&quot; Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:31:37 +0000 The Associated Press 6723 at http://michiganradio.org