Suquamish Tribe Says Yes to Marriage Equality

The Suquamish tribal council has unanimously voted to allow marriage between consenting adults so long as one is a member of the tribe. The decision extends marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The Kitsap Sun reports that tribal member and Seattle resident Heather Purser brought the issue to the general council in June, requested a vote, and met with almost unanimous community support. The tribal council finalized and enacted the ordinance on Monday.

The tribe's decision will only be recognized in the states and tribal areas that have enacted similar statutes (as well as the District of Columbia), and comes just on the heels of New York's high profile move to also allow same-sex marriage.