Cindy Kalish and Michelle Charron rushed to get married last week, as soon as gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts. The next day they filed a medical malpractice lawsuit asking for damages only available to married couples. The lawsuit claimed “loss of consortium” for Kalish, 39, because doctors failed to check for cancer in Charron, 44, until eight months after she told them she had a lump in her breast. By then the cancer had spread to her liver and sternum, and she was given 10 years to live. A Boston lawyer, Steven Schreckinger, said the lawsuit was merely the first of “tons and tons” of incidental issues that would surface now that the state’s highest court had legalized gay marriage.
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