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Vet, 74, on burial lawsuit: 'I don't have time to wait around'

Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old Navy veteran who's suing the state of Idaho for the right to be interred with the remains of her late wife at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, with her van, which sports an
Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old Navy veteran who's suing the state of Idaho for the right to be interred with the remains of her late wife at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, with her van, which sports an "Add the Words" sticker, opposing anti-gay discrimination. (Betsy Russell)

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s federal lawsuit against the state of Idaho from Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old Navy veteran who’s been refused permission to be buried with the cremated remains of her wife at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage - which a federal court has ruled unconstitutional, but the state’s appealing. Taylor said she headed to court now because of concerns about her health. “I don’t have time to wait around,” Taylor said. “If it goes to the Supreme Court, the earliest they can hear it is 2015.”

With a laugh, she asked, “What harm can the ashes of two old lesbians do – do they expect us to be recruiting in there?” She said if she could talk directly to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, she’d say, “Tell the guy over there at the V.A. to let me put my ashes in there with Jean’s – it’s not taking up any more space.”




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