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Michigan tribal chairman to sign marriage bill into law

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. – The tribal chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians said he plans on Friday to sign into law the bill legalizing marriage equality for tribal members.

On March 3, the tribal council voted 5-4 to approve the marriage bill.

Tribal chairman Dexter McNamara told the the Petoskey News-Review that he also would preside at the wedding of two men.

The tribe in Michigan will join the Coquille tribe in Oregon and the Suquamish tribe in Washington state in allowing same-sex marriage on their reservations.

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

The state of Michigan bans marriage equality.