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Ind. State Fair stage collapse raises next of kin questions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Wrongful death lawsuits filed by the partners of two lesbian women killed in a stage collapse could force Indiana to re-examine how it define's survivors.

The two women were among the seven people killed when the high winds forced the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair this summer before a Sugarland concert.

Indiana's wrongful death statute allows next of kin to collect. But Indiana does not recognize same sex unions, complicating the process. The couples were involved in civil unions in other states. Some legal experts say they could run into problems unless Indiana more broadly defines next of kin.

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