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Idaho Gay Veteran Hopes to be Buried with Companion after Ruling

MERIDIAN — A Meridian Navy veteran believes Tuesday’s court ruling that overturns Idaho’s ban on gay marriage will help her in the fight to be buried with her late partner in the state’s veteran’s cemetery.

Madelynn Taylor has been sharing her story over the last few weeks, hoping to get laws changed for herself and other veterans. Her partner, Jean Mixner, passed away in 2012. Taylor applied to the Veterans Cemetery for burial, but was denied. As KTVB reported last month, the state has said the couple’s ashes cannot be interred together because their legal California marriage isn’t recognized in Idaho. Cemetery requirements for spousal burials require legally accepted proof of marriage.

Earlier this week, on Monday, Taylor filed papers at the cemetery with her attorney, who also represented the four couples in the marriage case. On Tuesday, the court ruling came down, so she believes the state will have to allow her and her partner to be interred together. As of Wednesday, she still doesn’t have permission from the cemetery, but she’s hoping to get a response soon and wants the state to stop fighting gay marriage.

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