Thursday, October 23, 2014

Madelynn Taylor's Triumphant Return to the Idaho Veterans Cemetery

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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Yes, it's official.

Madelynn Taylor posted photographs on her Facebook page Oct. 22 of her historic visit to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. It wasn't her first trip to the cemetery, but it was her most memorable. Following rulings from a federal judge and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, Taylor returned to the cemetery to formally complete the necessary paperwork to allow her ashes and those of her late spouse to be interred among her fellow veterans.

Boise Weekly readers first met Taylor in April. Our story caught regional, national and even international attention—telling the story of how Taylor's request to be interred at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery had been rejected.

After being turned down verbally and in writing, the 74-year-old Taylor, whose wife Jean died two years ago (the two were legally married in California in 2008), decided in July to take her fight to court, filing a lawsuit against the the state of Idaho, arguing that her Constitutional rights had been violated.

But that was then.

"Guess what? We won," Taylor told us last week in her preparations for revisiting the cemetery to claim a spot among the other men and women who have served Idaho and their nation.

click to enlarge Madelynn Taylor with attorney Deborah Ferguson. - TRUEYOU PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Madelynn Taylor with attorney Deborah Ferguson.

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