Lesbian Veteran’s Wife Denied Burial Spot at Veteran’s Cemetery


Navy veteran, Madellyn Taylor, never imagined that she would be denied a burial spot next to her deceased wife, but that’s exactly what happened last December in Idaho.

Taylor went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with her Navy discharge papers and a California marriage license to secure a spot for her and her wife in a columbarium.  It was there where she learned that because Idaho doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, her wife couldn’t be buried in the state-run cemetery.

A fellow veteran, retired Army Colonel, Barry Johnson, heard about the story and was enraged.  He even offered up his own spot in the cemetery as a solution.  The honorable and patriotic gesture was refused by the State.

This is another example of why advanced planning and knowledge of State law is so important, particularly for same-sex couples.

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