Indiana will recognize marriage of same-sex couple with terminally ill partner

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EVANSVILLE (July 1, 2014) – An appeals court has issued a partial stay for a same-sex couple, ordering Indiana to recognize their marriage.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler made the request to expedite the hearing Tuesday. Quasney is battling State 4 ovarian cancer, and their marriage had been granted a temporary emergency order requiring the state to recognize it.

However, when the state appealed the same-sex marriage ruling, it won a stay that nullified the order. Monday, Lambda Legal, a civil rights advocacy group representing the couple, requested that the appeals court recognize their marriage. The group said such recognition was needed to make sure they received the full protections that other married couples in Indiana receive. They have two young children.

“It is time for the State of Indiana to leave Niki and Amy in peace and not subject them and their marriage to any more stress and uncertainty as this case proceeds. We’re thrilled that the court ruled in favor of this family as Niki battles stage four ovarian cancer,” said Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal. “We will continue to fight until no family in Indiana needs to worry about their marriage being stripped away from them and all Hoosiers have the freedom to marry.”

This appeal has been granted, and the marriage will be recognized. You can read the court document here: Same-sex partial stay

Statement from Hoosiers Unite for Marriage Coordinator Kyle Megrath:

“We are grateful that the court has stepped in to recognize Niki and Amy’s marriage. As Niki battles cancer, this couple does not need the added burden of wondering whether their legal commitment to one another will be honored.

“We hope the court will look at this marriage, as well as the hundreds of couples legally married last week across the state, and understand that to deny the freedom to marry is to inhibit equal protection of loving Hoosier families under Indiana law. It cannot stand, and we will fight both the legal battle and to make sure Hoosiers understand why marriage matters and why these couples deserve protection.”

 

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