February 15th, 2013
12:46 AM ET

Veterans Affairs allows burial for same-sex couple in Oregon

In what's believed to be the first case of its kind, the same-sex spouse of a member of the military will be buried in a national cemetery.

"I am deeply grateful to my country for honoring and respecting my years of service and my relationship with Nancy, the love of my life," said retired Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, a veteran.

"Willamette National Cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful place. Knowing that Nancy and I can join my parents on that hallowed ground is a source of great comfort and healing," she said.

Nancy Lynchild, Campbell's partner, died in December of metastatic cancer.

The cemetery is located southeast of Portland, Oregon.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Salut

    And the Earth is still standing. Well, well, well. I guess this isn't quite earth-shattering news, but it is something.
    It's always good to be able to work things out respectfully with our citizens, isn't it?
    And we need to treat our veterans better. This is a small step in that direction and a good one.

    February 15, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Max Headroom Intrusion, 1987

    When will the voices of the straight community be heard?

    February 15, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |