Indy Coroner Won't Release Body to Lesbian's Partner

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    When a stage collapsed during the Indiana State Fair over the weekend, Christina Santiago, manager of programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project at Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center, was one of the casualties. Santiago's partner, Alisha Brennon, was also injured in the tragedy.

    The Marion County coroner's office is refusing to release Santiago's body to her partner; the office cited the Defense of Marriage Act as the reason why they've turned down Brennon's request to pick up her loved one's remains. DOMA allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

    Indiana has its own version of DOMA that outlaws same-sex marriage. Since Indiana law requires the next-of-kin to pick up Santiago's body, but the state won't recognize Brennon as the surviving spouse, , Santiago's body is still laying in the morgue awaiting a solution

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    Seawytch Information isnt Advocacy

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    It is for travesties like this that the Obama admin refuses to defend DOMA.
     
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    I am glad someone can understand. Not releasing her body to her spouse is inhumane.
     
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    Just read that the aunt is going to claim the body. So sad they wouldn't let her wife claim her body, after this tragedy here in Indy it just doesn't make sense.
     
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    yeah, he's been dead set against it for a whole month!

    what a profile in courage, what a man!

    :rofl:
     
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    Its the 21st century let the women have her wife, lover partner. Yeah shocker I am a conservative too
     
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    spectrumc01 I give you....the TRUTH

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    you should probably keep that on the down low, so you don't get kicked out of the conservative circles. They wouldn't let rudolph play and he only had a red nose.
     
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    Shit like this happens all the time, just another reason to keep the government out of marriage.
     

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