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.
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.
"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."