The Indian tribes are self-governing and Sunday, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians met and voted in favour of marriage equality by a 5-4 vote as reports the Petoskey News-Review.
It is only a first stage because now it is necessary that the tribal chairman signs it. According to Associated Press, if the tribal chairman refuses to recognize marriage equality then the tribal council would need seven votes to override the veto.
Two other tribes already approved the recognition of same-sex marriages. First of all, the Coquille Tribe in North Bend, Oregon which recognized them in 2009 and then, in 2011, the recognition was approved by the Suquamish Tribe in Suquamish, Washington.