Idaho denies gay veteran right to be buried with her spouse

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    Apr 24, 2014 7:37 PM GMT
    Idaho denies gay veteran right to be buried with her spouse


    Madelynn Taylor has earned the right to be buried at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery because of her six years of service in the Navy. But her now-deceased wife can't join her because state law doesn't recognize their marriage, CBS affiliate KBOI reports.

    "I'm not surprised," Taylor told the station. "I've been discriminated against for 70 years, and they might as well discriminate against me in death as well as life."

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/24/1294383/-Idaho-denies-gay-veteran-right-to-be-buried-with-her-spouse
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    Apr 24, 2014 8:00 PM GMT

    Was she a veteran of the 'State of Idaho Army', or the US Army?

    I would expect that she's federal, as is the rest of the armed forces, and so should be accommodated.
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    Apr 24, 2014 10:37 PM GMT
    I know the Idaho veterans cemetery was built with money from the Veterans Administration, but is not run by the federal government. If they are still receiving federal funding, this should be cut off if they cannot comply with the military's nondiscrimination policy and the federal governments recognition of same-sex marriages. Also, if you go to the cemetery's website and click on the eligibility requirements, it goes to the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration's page, not to a State of Idaho page.
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    Apr 25, 2014 3:35 AM GMT
    ^^^^I read in a Boise newspaper that she served 6 years and could be buried in a national cemetery and it was suggested she go to a national cemetery in neighboring Oregon. She (the living one) said she wants to be buried in her state of Idaho, which does not have a national cemetery, only a state veterans cemetery. Where I'm buried when I'm dead is not a big deal to me, but I guess it is a big deal to other people. They could have my funeral at Jack In The Box and then wash my ashes down the drain for all I care because I am not going to be here to know it. I'll be dead. But I do respect her wish to be treated equally to straight veterans in Idaho. Just let the two women have their ashes placed together. It's not a big deal.
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    Apr 26, 2014 9:00 PM GMT
    This is absolutely sad. It seems that main issue is the different between a "state" and "national" cemetery. Which makes me wonder if the deceased was a member of the national guard or a part of the federal active/reserve forces.

    I hope Taylor can have this highlighted at a higher level so she can have some peace in her later years about her final arrangements.
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    Apr 28, 2014 3:22 AM GMT
    Tacky
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    Apr 28, 2014 3:35 AM GMT
    Odd, I thought I posted to this, but I don't see it.

    As a US veteran entitled to a full military funeral I thought I could provide some insight to the process. Was there another thread on this?
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    May 02, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    Idaho Vet Offers to Donate Burial Plot to Lesbian Couple


    Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/05/idaho_vet_offers_to_donate_burial_plot_to_lesbian_.php
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    May 02, 2014 8:34 AM GMT
    metta8 saidIdaho denies gay veteran right to be buried with her spouse


    Madelynn Taylor has earned the right to be buried at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery because of her six years of service in the Navy. But her now-deceased wife can't join her because state law doesn't recognize their marriage, CBS affiliate KBOI reports.

    "I'm not surprised," Taylor told the station. "I've been discriminated against for 70 years, and they might as well discriminate against me in death as well as life."

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/24/1294383/-Idaho-denies-gay-veteran-right-to-be-buried-with-her-spouse

    Not surprising - it's Idaho, after all. If she was up to it, she could sue in federal court. perhaps the ACLU, Lesbian Rights Project, or other organization could handle her case.
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    Oct 22, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    Navy veteran in Idaho gains approval to be buried with same-sex spouse

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/10/navy-veteran-in-idaho-gains-approval-to-be-buried-with-same-sex-spouse/