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Oklahoma Couple's Same-Sex Marriage Valid Under Tribal Law, A First For State

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Tribal code only requires that both people live within the tribe's jurisdiction and be of Native American descent to issue a marriage license, making no mention of gender, according to the news station. Since state laws don't apply on tribal land, the Supreme Court's June decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act presented an opportunity for the couple.  

“I do know at the end of the day the state offices won't recognize it, but they kind of have to,” Pickel told KOCO.