DOWAGIAC, Mich. – The first same-sex marriage for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomie Indians.
Daniel Hossler and Enrico Perez were married Thursday in a ceremony at the Pokagon band tribal court outside of Dowagiac.
The tribal council approved same-sex marriage in March.
Hossler and Perez had been dating for three years, and Hossler will now be able to share his benefits with Perez.
“It kind of makes me feel bad, too,” said Hossler. “We’re at a spot in our lives where we can do this, and we were given the chance, and we can take full advantage of that. My friends can’t, so that’s kind of our message here today – that it’s time.
Gay marriages are banned in Michigan, but Hossler and Perez say the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is giving them hope.