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Proposed Navajo Nation bill would remove ban on same-sex marriage

The Legislature of the Navajo Nation heard a bill this week that would repeal a portion of a 2005 law that prohibits same sex marriage.

But the legislation proposes that the method for a traditional Navajo wedding ceremony involving a man and a woman would remain unchanged.

The bill states that it is in line with the Supreme Court of the United States ruling that marriage is a fundamental right regardless of gender and sexual orientation.

It also includes proposed amendments to related sections of the Navajo Nation Code, including amending the Nation’s Marriage License form to be gender neutral.

The legislation proposes that keeping the traditional Navajo wedding the same will not prohibit nor deny same-sex marriage because there are other methods for marrying.

The bill is currently in its five-day comment period, and the comments will be reviewed before the bill is introduced to a committee within the Legislature.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.