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Federal Judge Orders Indiana To Recognize Terminally Ill Woman’s Same-Sex Marriage

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Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

CREDIT: Lambda Legal

A federal judge in Indiana has ordered the state to immediately recognize the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who have been together for 13 years, married last year in Massachusetts, and are raising two kids. Quasney has been fighting stage four ovarian cancer for over five years, having had more than 100 tumors surgically removed in 2009. The court’s injunction against the state’s ban will ensure that Sandler can receive an accurate death certificate and take care of her wife’s assets as she continues to take care of their children.

The request was filed just last month by Lambda Legal and was heard on an emergency basis due to Quasney’s medical circumstances. The case, Baskin v. Bogan, includes four other couples and will proceed at a regular pace in the meantime. The injunction will last for 28 days.

Despite attempts to advance a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Indiana only bans same-sex marriage through state law.

The court’s injunction mirrors a similar ruling by a federal judge in Ohio last December, ordering that the state much recognize same-sex marriages from other states for the purpose of death certificates. That same judge has announced he will rule next week that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages from other states for all purposes.

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