1. Jason Pickel was ready to marry his boyfriend of more than eight years, Darren Black Bear. But one small thing stood in their way: They live in Oklahoma, a state that still doesn’t extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
3. The two discussed making a trip three states away to tie the knot in Iowa. But when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June, Pickel had a lightbulb moment.
5. Pickel called up the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes’ courthouse in western Oklahoma and asked if the couple might be able to wed on the tribe’s land.
“I was really expecting a big no,” Pickel told KOCO 5 News. “I thought, we’re on our way to Iowa, but I called the tribe and they said, ‘Yeah come on down, it’s twenty bucks.”