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First Gay Couple Marries — Legally — in Oklahoma: VIDEO


Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear are the first gay couple married legally in the state of Oklahoma, KOCO reports:

Couple_oklahoma“That's the biggest trip I've had so far,” said Pickel. “I'm not even sure how to even react.  I'm very excited about getting married.  It's been eight and a half years."

For the past five years, Jason's wanted to marry boyfriend Darren Black Bear. The two even planned a trip to Iowa, a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. But when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June, Pickel had an idea. He called the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe's courthouse and asked a simple question.

"I was really expecting a big no,” said Pickel. “I thought we're on our way to Iowa, but I called the tribe and they said, 'Yeah come on down, it's twenty bucks.'"

Twenty dollars for what no amount of money could buy in Oklahoma -- a marriage license made legal by the tribal code. Its requirements, both people be of Native American descent and live within the tribe's jurisdiction. Nowhere does it specify gender.



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  1. I love this. If only everyone was this cool and easy and laid back

    Posted by: danswon | Oct 22, 2013 10:21:21 AM

  2. Take that Sally Kern.

    Posted by: J. Alan | Oct 22, 2013 10:36:23 AM

  3. Sally Kern must be rolling in her grave!! Oh, wait - she's not dead. She just behaves that way.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 22, 2013 10:57:13 AM

  4. I wonder what will happen if the men file joint taxes or attempt to. This is really cool, almost funny. What better way to stick it to Oklahoma legislators. And of course, I am very happy for these two married gentlemen.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 22, 2013 11:35:38 AM

  5. Mazel tov! What a great story.

    Posted by: DavidR | Oct 22, 2013 12:49:47 PM

  6. But not too many Oklahomans will be able to married through this. Both parties of the marriage have to be of Native American descent.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Oct 22, 2013 1:33:08 PM

  7. @Geoff: Maybe she'll pop a blood vessel and hemorrhage. Karma is a wondrous thing.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Oct 22, 2013 1:57:43 PM

  8. Awesome. I hope they celebrated by taking a Kern-sized dump on Inhofe's lawn.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 22, 2013 3:13:06 PM

  9. Almost everyone in Oklahoma is "of Native American descent"... The harder burden will be living in the Tribe's jurisdiction.

    Posted by: John | Oct 22, 2013 4:19:32 PM

  10. At least we can count on the honor of NA tribes when the white man in these areas seems to be lacking...

    Posted by: miami | Oct 22, 2013 4:38:09 PM

  11. This makes me so very happy!

    Posted by: jsb | Oct 22, 2013 5:38:03 PM

  12. Right on for the tribes... some reservation should amend their laws and set themselves up for some marriage tourism dollars.

    Posted by: Nathan | Oct 22, 2013 6:46:20 PM

  13. Right on for the tribes... some reservation should amend their laws and set themselves up for some marriage tourism dollars.

    Posted by: Nathan | Oct 22, 2013 6:46:21 PM

  14. That reporter, Morgan Chesky, is cute.

    Posted by: Newsboi | Oct 23, 2013 2:17:39 AM

  15. @Nathan Seriously, they already have the Casinos.

    Posted by: Gast | Oct 23, 2013 2:35:40 AM

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