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Oregon Veteran Speaks As Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage Case

OPB | March 26, 2013 4:19 p.m. | Updated: March 26, 2013 5:41 p.m. | Portland

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An Oregon veteran who recently won the right to have her lesbian partner buried in a National Cemetery addressed gay rights supporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

Nancy Lynchild (left) and Linda Campbell (right).

Nancy Lynchild (left) and Linda Campbell (right).

Courtesy of Linda Campbell

Linda Campbell spent 25 years in the Air Force. She and Nancy Lynchild registered as domestic partners in Eugene and married in Vancouver, B.C. in 2010.

In a broadcast carried by C-Span, Campbell told demonstrators outside the high court that she and Lynchild had the kind of marriage most people dream of, filled with love and commitment:

“But we could only yearn to have our marriage be respected by the laws of our land.  Nancy would be so proud and so very happy to be with us here today, as we stand on the cusp of marriage equality,” Campbell said.

The high court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the first of two gay marriage cases.

Gay marriage opponents also rallied, on the National Mall.

Lynchild died of cancer in late December. Campbell successfully petitioned for a burial plot for the two of them at Willamette National Cemetery. 

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