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Wrongful death lawsuit will test Indiana’s treatment of gay couples

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 No Comments

The wife of a 42 year-old woman who was killed after a stage collapsed during the Indiana State Fair has filed the first wrongful death lawsuit against the state and three construction companies. Six people died and nearly four dozen people were hurt when a gust of wind caused the stage to fall down before Sugarland was suppose to perform.

The 49 year-old widow also suffered serious and permanent injuries from the incident. The lawsuit, which is suing Mid-America Sound Corp., the state of Indiana, Dave Lucas Entertainment Group, and Live Nation for $50 million, claims the stage was built without proper permits, inspection, and did not follow OSHA’s safety procedures. But since gay marriage is illegal in Indiana, the widow, who raised a 17 year-old daughter with her late wife, may not see anything that could come from a settlement since only spouses and next of kin can receive benefits from wrongful death lawsuits.

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