Though Oklahoma doesn’t yet allow same-sex marriages, one couple from the state found wedded bliss this week with the help of a local Native American tribe.
Jason Pickel and Darren Blackbear were planning to marry in Iowa, as marriage equality is banned in their home state of Oklahoma. Instead, they decided to call the courthouses of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, the tribes both men are descended from, to ask if their marriage would be recognized there. They agreed.
In order for a marriage to be recognized under tribal law, Cheyenne and Arapaho policy requires both parties be of Native American descent and live within the jurisdiction of the tribes, according to KOCO. Nowhere does the tribal statute address the gender of the betrothed.
Even though Oklahoman voters approved a law forbidding same-sex marriage by a margin of 76% in 2004, Native American tribal lands are not bound by state law, though the marriages performed within the tribe are recognized by the federal government. That means Pickel and Blackbear can file joint federal taxes as spouses, though they will have to file state taxes as unmarried single adults.
This is beautiful. Congrats to them.
Coming Nov 15th: Heart of Timber
Cold Series: Book Two
Two years after watching Anderson walk out of the prison gates, Lem has a visitor who informs him that Anderson desperately needs his help. He scoffs at the idea until he is given an offer that he cannot refuse. He doesn’t know if he is finally ready to make peace with himself outside prison, or if he is ready to face the pain he has caused, but he also understands that he will never get another chance like this.
Anderson has tried to push Lem to the back of his heart, but he cannot find anyone who can measure up to the man that Lem was. Letters he meant to send sit on the table, and the dreams he had about rebuilding his life go by the wayside as he pines for a man he cannot have. He doesn’t believe he will ever be happy again and finds it increasingly difficult to keep up the cheerful facade his family expects.
But unknown to Anderson, the women in his life have colluded to bring him and Lem back together again. Will he and Lem rekindle their love, or will they burn everyone around them by falling back to their past mistakes?
Watercolor Collection: Women Defined. PART II. (Click here if you missed PART I).
Ladies are awesome, don’t you agree?
I wanted to make a simple collection of beautiful women in watercolor, so I did just that. Decided to add the accompanying text to give it a voice. My intent was not to abolish every stereotype, but to simply illustrate women of varying personalities, body types, ages, and ethnicities. Every woman is beautiful!
I will be selling this collection as a zine soon, but I had so much fun with it that I wanted to make it available digitally as well. Enjoy!
OH GOD YES THE PART TWO JUST KEPT GOING WITH THE AWESOME.