The governing body of the Colville Tribes amended its law Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage.
“This change is in keeping with tribal values, and in recognizing the special place that the Two-Spirited Peoples hold within the Colville tribal community,” a press release on the Colville Business Council action stated Thursday.
The council amended Title 5-1, the tribe’s domestic code, to recognize same-sex marriage. The tribe will now “begin the process of modifying its codes, plans, and policies, to comport with the amendments,” the release said.
“The Colville Tribes want to ensure that all of its members are treated equally and with respect,” Chairman Michael Finley said of the amendments initiated by tribal members.
“This resolution makes me feel stronger, because it validates my relationship, and the relationships of all same sex couples, and it makes me feel safer because it offers protection and recognition for my family,” said Lois Trevino, a tribal member.