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IN Settlement Over Collapsed Stage Forces State To Recognize Same-Sex Spouses

In August, 60-70 mph winds caused a stage at the Indiana State Fair stage to collapse, killing lesbian spouses Tammy VanDam and Christina Santiago. The wives of these women have accepted a $300,000 settlement from the state, which could forever change the way that Indiana sees same-sex couples legally married out of state.

According to The Windy City Times both couples “had a civil union in Illinois, a relationship not recognized under Indiana state law.” And both have “filed suit to challenge Indiana’s lack of recognition for same-sex couples.” Also, the $300,000 was “the same settlement as heterosexual complainants who lost a spouse in the accident, possibly setting a precedent for same-sex partner recognition for wrongful deaths in Indiana, according to her attorney.”

Well that’s a silver-lining to this otherwise horribly dark rain cloud.

On:           Dec 21, 2011
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    • Steve

      $300,000 is the price of a life in Indiana… :(Doesn’t seem like enough.

      At least a little good came out of this.

      Dec 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 13Zeroither

      This is so sad, and so fucked up. There needs to be marriage equality now.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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