First Military Gay Spouse Buried in National Cemetery

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The first same-sex spouse of a military member will be buried in a national cemetery. Nancy Lynchild, the spouse of Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, will be buried in Willamette National Cemetery after losing her battle with metastatic cancer. “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 Campbell. According to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki: “This was the first non-Veteran partner of the same gender he was asked to consider, this is the first he has approved. It’s important to note that the Secretary did not base his decision on the individual’s marital status or state recognized relationship status, but rather based it, in part, on evidence of a committed relationship between the individual and the Veteran.” Unfortunately this decision by Shinseki does not mean an official change of policy, but it is a sign of things to come. [CNN]

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