Mark Vontillius and Richard Lime, September 2007
Seeley Lake, Montana
In some Native American traditions, lgbt people are called two-spirited because they are seen to embody both masculine and feminine qualities. This video portrays a two-spirit wedding in Montana.
Kitzen and Jeni Branting, May 2009
Although the state of Oregon does not recognize same-sex marriages, this pair of high school sweethearts was nonetheless legally married in Oregon. Kitzen Branting is a member of the Coquille Tribe. The tribe issues its own marriage licenses regardless of sexual orientation. The Brantings were the first same-sex couple to recieve a license from the tribe. By marrying Kitzen, Jeni attained all the rights and provileges of tribe membership. Read more here.