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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Real people and real discrimination in gay marriage bans

Posted By on Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 7:37 AM

The story is from Idaho but it could easily happen in Arkansas.

Madelynn Taylor has earned the right to be buried at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery because of her six years of service in the Navy. But her now-deceased wife can't join her because state law doesn't recognize their marriage, CBS affiliate KBOI reports.

"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."

This is precisely the sort of rule that creates discrimination every day in Arkansas against same-sex couples. Same-sex couples may not marry. Benefits accruing to married couples may be given only to people who were married legally by Arkansas standards. Soon, Judge Chris Piazza might issue a ruling tearing down the sort of discrimination that could separate life partners at death.

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