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A gay couple in Oklahoma found a way to bypass the state’s same-sex marriage ban by obtaining a marriage license from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes on October 18. Since state laws do not apply on sovereign Native-American land, Jason Pickel called the tribe after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act to inquire if he and his boyfriend Darren Black Bear could get married. Both Pickel and Black Bear are members of the tribe and the marriage was allowed because the tribe’s legal code does not specify gender. Read The Stream’s storify on the event here.

Truckers at the Port of Oakland refused to work on Monday in order to protest what they describe as “unsafe working conditions and unfair labor practices.” Most of the truckers who work at the California port are independent contractors and unable to form a union but decided to self-organize around shared grievances. Participating strikers and Bay Area citizens shared images and calls to action using the hashtag #PortTruckers.  Read The Stream’s Storify on the controversy here.

Protests have sparked again in Istanbul following the death of #BerkinElvan, a 15-year-old who was hit in the head by a a tear gas canister during protests in June 2013. Elvan died Tuesday after 269 days in a coma. In the latest round of protests this week, a group of protesters took an Ellen-inspired selfie. Read more:http://ow.ly/uBqKq 

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Could Puerto Rico once and for all become the 51st state? Its status as a Commonwealth has sparked considerable political debate for more than 100 years. Historically, the main conflict has been between those who want independence, those who favor the current status, and those who advocate statehood. While Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens since 1917, they cannot vote in presidential elections and lack votes in Congress. With its people culturally united but politically divided, what is the best way forward? Join us at 7:30pm ET. #pr51 #hr2000 #PuertoRico #estadidad 

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Thursday that the US’ no-fly list, “as applied to American citizens… raises substantial constitutional issues.” The ruling addressed Gulet Mohamed, a Virginian who says he suffered abuses as a result of his placement on the list, and allowed his case to move forward. Read more:http://bit.ly/1cZYf9c

Check out The Stream’s recent coverage on the US no-fly list here: http://alj.am/1ilkYEv

Today in history: The Ponce massacre in Puerto Rico was one of the island’s most violent events in the past century. The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, whose main objective was working towards independence, engaged in a protest march against the imprisonment of their leader by the U.S. government. Read more:http://bit.ly/1evnRzH #Ponce

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