Lesbian Military Vet Wins Right to be Buried Beside Wife

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In July, military veteran Madelynn Lee Taylor sued the state of Idaho after being refused her request to make advance arrangements to have her ashes interred next to those of her late wife, Jean Mixter.

When Mixter passed, Taylor attempted to make advance plans for her final resting place, hoping to have her ashes interred in a granite columbarium next to those of her late spouse, whom she married in 2008 in California.

The cemetery refused her request due to the state failing to recognize their marriage as legally valid.

“‘Idaho is where some of our best memories together are and it’s where I want to spend eternity with Jean. I could be buried here alone, but I don’t want to be alone. I want Jean with me forever.” Taylor said after filing the lawsuit.

Idaho’s marriage ban was struck down last week, meaning that Taylor can honour the promise she made to her late wife.

”Words can’t describe how incredibly grateful I am for all the work that went into making our wishes possible,’ said Taylor, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

‘Idaho is where some of our best memories together are and it’s where I want to spend eternity with Jean,’ she said.

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