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Madelynn Taylor denied request to be buried with wife at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery

Will Idaho ever honor Madelynn Taylor's request?

Laurie Pearman

Will Idaho ever honor Madelynn Taylor's request?

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Madelynn Taylor served her country, but her country--at least her home state--doesn't seem interested in serving her. The 74-year-old Navy veteran left the military under a cloud, after she was outed for being gay and told to name names or face two possibilities: a court martial or administrative discharge. She refused to out others and took the discharge, leading to a yearslong fight for her benefits. After leaving the military, she married Jean Mixner and the two raised cattle in Idaho. Mixner died in 2012, and Taylor requested they be buried together at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Because of Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages, their union wasn't recognized--her request was denied. Taylor sued the Idaho Division of Veterans Affairs in July, and as of press time, is still waiting for a result.

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