State Cemetery Says No To Gay Couples Request


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - A U.S. Navy veteran is suing after the Idaho state veterans cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.
74-year old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advanced arrangements last year to have her ashes placed with Jean Mixner's ashes at the cemetery.
The couple legally married in California in 2008, but cemetery employees refused her request because state law doesn't recognize their marriage.
Taylor is represented in the case filed Monday in federal court by the national center of lesbian rights along with two Boise attorneys.
The legal team successfully sued to overturn Idaho's gay marriage ban earlier this year.
That case is currently on appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit court of appeals.

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