A court ordered same-sex couples can inherit each other's assets, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported.
The court ruled Minnesota's Defense Marriage Act or DOMA does on prohibit same-sex couples receiving "benefits of marriage," Star Tribune reported.
In 2008, James Morrison and Thomas Propel married in California after being in a committed relationship for nearly 25 years. Proehl died last year due to heart attack without a will, MPR reported.
" What I found was a great deal of sympathy and empathy, but the law just wouldn't allow them to resolve our estate without having to go to court," said Morrison, MPR reported.
Under DOMA, Proehl's parents will inherit their son's $ 250,000 million assets. But, they want Morrison of Minneapolis to inherit the assets. Morrison will inherit his partner's assets, Star Tribune reported.
"The marriage amendment doesn't change any rights or benefits same-sex couples currently have," said Autumn Leva, a spokeswoman for Minnesota for Marriage, Star Tribune reported.