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Navajo Nation president vetoes same-sex marriage ban

[JURIST] The Navajo Nation [official website] president Sunday veteod a proposal that would have banned same-sex marriages on the tribal reservation. The measure setting various restrictions on marriage, including a same-sex marriage ban, was unanimously approved last month by the Tribal Council [JURIST report], which said it was seeking to uphold family values. President Joe Shirley Jr. [official website] said same-sex marriage was a non-issue for the Navajo Nation and that the legislation failed to address more pressing issues like domestic violence and sexual assault. Shirley said he would support a same-sex marriage ban if it was approved by an initiative rather than a Tribal Council vote. AP has more.

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