Cemetery Refuses to Bury Gay Veteran With Wife
Because Idaho state law forbids gay marriage
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2014 6:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Navy veteran in Idaho wants to be interred with her late wife, but a cemetery said no—although it does inter and bury opposite-sex spouses with veterans, Yahoo reports. Madelynn Taylor, 74, asked the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery if their ashes could be placed together, but the cemetery said it had to respect the state's ban on gay marriage. Taylor's California marital papers could get them "buried in Arlington if I needed to, with no problems," she tells KBOI. "But here they said it's a state veterans cemetery, not a national cemetery." Her conclusion? "We gotta change the state laws."

Taylor served for 6 years in the 1950s and 60s, until she was kicked out of her unit for being gay. She petitioned and had her discharge switched to honorable, but still considers herself a "background person" who tends to "stammer and stutter," she tells KHOU. Yet she's standing up this time, adding her name to the Add the 4 Words movement to include "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" in Idaho's human rights act. Idaho Gov. CL "Butch" Otter issued a statement defending the cemetery, but Taylor believes she'll win: "It'll happen," she says. For now, she's keeping her late wife's ashes on top of the closet. "I don't see where the ashes of a couple old lesbians is going to hurt anyone."

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Eco_101
Apr 28, 2014 11:05 AM CDT
Totally unproductive jargon ! Did we win ??
shebby777
Apr 28, 2014 10:49 AM CDT
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? """Be not deceived""": neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, """nor effeminate,""" nor abusers of themselves with mankind, ---First Corinthians 6:9 - In this case, the kingdom of God is a morally upright cemetery: "Morally upright." - Aren't AIDS victims forced to be buried in unlabelled ground? Or something like that?
PoppyRockz
Apr 28, 2014 10:12 AM CDT
They can be buried together, just not in that spot. I can't take a piss anywhere I feel like it. Stop forcing your queer ideas on everyone else.