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National Cemetary Burial
Fri February 15, 2013
Eugene Same-Sex Couple Gets Permission To Be Buried Together At A National Cemetery
A same-sex couple from Eugene has received the first-ever waiver to be buried together at a national cemetery. It comes after the death of one of the women.
Same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships are not recognized by the federal government, so a spouse of these military veterans can’t be buried at a national cemetery. After a 12-year battle with cancer, Nancy Lynchild of Eugene died December 22. She was 64. Her wife, Lt. Col. Linda Campbell is heard here in a web video:
“I’ll always remember how important it was to my dad and to our family when my mom’s ashes were buried up at Willamette National Cemetery. It was such a beautiful tribute and I wanted this for Nancy and me too and I knew it wasn’t available to us.”
After months of lobbying from Oregon’s Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, the Department of Veterans Affairs decided to allow Lynchild’s ashes to be buried at Willamette National Cemetery.
Lynchild and Campbell were legally married in Canada and were domestic partners in Oregon. Campbell had a 25-year military career. Lynchild had worked for the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County.
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