Min. court: Same-sex partner has right to inheritance

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A referee in Hennepin County District Court has found that Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act does not deny same-sex partners the right to inherit each other's assets.

The Star Tribune reports that Wednesday's ruling comes in the case of James Morrison, who is now entitled to inherit about $250,000 in assets he once shared with his longtime partner, Thomas Proehl.

Morrison's attorney, David Potter, says the ruling could have an effect as courts nationwide take a look at their own Defense of Marriage laws.

Chuck Darrell is spokesman for Minnesota for Marriage. He says the ruling does not affect the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. He says there is nothing in the marriage amendment that would prevent same-sex couples from having inheritance rights.