If you thought bigotry and homophobia finally came to an end when you die, think again. CBS affiliate KBOI News 2 reports that seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor won't be allowed to be buried with her wife thanks to an anti-gay state law in Idaho.
Taylor, who is a veteran, married her wife in Oregon in 1995. Though heterosexual veterans are allowed to be buried with a husband or wife, Idaho law says that homosexual relationships aren't recognized by the state.
"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."
The Division of Veterans Services says there is nothing they can do because they have to follow the Idaho Constitution, which says "a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."
Heterosexual veterans can be buried with a spouse. Taylor, 74, was hoping the cemetery would approve her request since their ashes would fit in one spot on the wall.
CBS also notes that gay and lesbian couples are allowed to be buried at national veterans' cemeteries together, but the one in Boise happens to be a state cemetery. "It's not taking up any more space to have both of us in there," Taylor said. "And I don't see where the ashes of a couple of old lesbians is going to hurt anybody."
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