The pair had been planning to marry for a long time, but due to the same-sex marriage ban at the time, it seemed like it was never going to happen in their home state. Just as they were about to make the trek to a more lenient state, they decided to call up Black Bear's tribe, the Oklahoma-based Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe. The state of Oklahoma had an outright ban on same-sex marriage, but the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe, a state and federally recognized Native-American tribe, held the right to tell Oklahoma they could blow their laws out of their asses.
So when Pickel and Bear, which is not a children's cartoon, asked if they could have a legally recognized marriage within the tribe, the only stipulation was a $20 marriage license. The tribe does not specify gender in their marriage laws, just that one of the betrothed belong to the tribe. The two lovebirds were married in October of 2013, securing a rare win for the gay community, as well as a win for the old "When mom says no, ask dad" trick we've all utilized at one point or another.