“People keep saying we found a loophole to get married in Oklahoma. But we’re not getting married in Oklahoma. We’re getting married in the sovereign nation of the Cheyenne Arapahoe Tribe.”
— Jason Pickel, a Native American who will marry his partner, Darren Black Bear, this month in Oklahoma, although gay marriages are illegal in the state.
Reports Reuters: Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel of Oklahoma City intend to marry on October 31 after they were granted a marriage license last week through the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribal Court, which does not specify gender in its law and is not subject to state law. … Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes spokeswoman Lisa Liebl said tribal law requires that both spouses be of Native American descent and live within the jurisdiction of the tribe in order to be issued a marriage certificate.