Mueller, 62, died last January and although she was legally married to her lesbian partner, Charlotte Stacey, at the time of her death, the case must still wind through probate court to determine whether Stacey can collect any of the verdict.
Mueller's lawyer, Joshua Koskoff, of Bridgeport, said a judge had previously ruled Stacey could not be a plaintiff in the case, even though she claimed she suffered emotionally from her partner's medical plight, because the state didn't make their relationship legal until after the alleged malpractice.
The state's civil union law was passed in 2005, and in 2008 the state Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed in the state.
Stacey called the earlier ruling excluding her from the case unfair. "I don't think it's right; we were together the entire time. We were a complete couple in every sense of the word."
You know, over and over and over again, all they do is legitimize bigotry and bias and disadvantage. And they smile sweetly and wave their Bibles. What does it cost them? Why do they hate us so much, those sanctimonious bigots?