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Michigan tribe votes for marriage equality, but chairman could veto measure

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. – The tribal council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has voted 5-4 to approve marriage equality for tribal members.

Tribal chairman Dexter McNamara could veto the measure, which would then require a 7-2 vote to overrule the veto.

If the measure gets final approval, the tribe would join the Coquille tribe in Oregon and the Suquamish tribe in Washington state to allow same-sex marriage on their reservations.

The Odawa people also live in Ontario in Canada, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.

The situation involving the tribal council is fluid, considering that tribal elections are scheduled this year.

The state of Michigan does not embrace marriage equality.