Navy veteran gets permission to be buried with ashes of gay partner in Idaho cemetery

A U.S. Navy Veteran has received permission to be buried with the ashes of her late wife in a southwest Idaho veterans cemetery following the legalization of gay marriage in the state.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( that 74-year-old Madelynn Taylor on Wednesday successfully completed paperwork to be buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Taylor had previously been denied having her ashes interred with Jean Mixner because of Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. The cemetery is owned and operated by the state.

But that ban was lifted on Oct. 15 after courts determined it was unconstitutional.

Taylor in July filed a lawsuit in federal court over the denial, but that's now expected to be dismissed.

The two married in California in 2008.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,