Bilerico reports that an Indiana coroner cited DOMA in his refusal to release the body of Christina Santiago to her lesbian partner. Santiago was one of five killed at Saturday’s stage collapse at the Indiana State fair.
It is situations like this that really shed light on how important ‘gay rights’ are.
Update: A friend of mine emailed the coroner and got a response. She said, “This is all unfounded and their office was working with Christinas aunt in this situation because her fiance was also injured. I think he may be telling the truth, because the last report I read is that her partner was still in critical care.” The Indianapolis Star will likely have a story on this. I’ll update the post if I see a definitive clarification!
Edit: the original source of the story posted an update saying: “Alfarena Ballew from the Marion County Coroner’s office called to offer this statement, “Her friend and her aunt are working together with the life partner to take care of the remains. We have nothing in writing from the partner asking to claim the body. Our records show that the next of kin is her aunt. Our understanding now is that they’re all working together to release the body and take care of the services.” Ms. Ballew described the incident as a “misunderstanding” and says the office is on track to release the body shortly.”
Since there is so much conflicting information/clarification, I’m going to refrain from too harsh a comment. The situation with the Indiana State Fair is dreadful and no one should be put through the wringer at this time.
However, none of this changes the fact that DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act) is a despicable thing that punishes LGBTQ couples, and especially punishes them at times that are a matter of life and death.
DOMA needs to go. Period.