Federal Judge: Indiana Must Indefinitely Recognize Same-Sex Couple’s Marriage

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Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

CREDIT: Lambda Legal

A federal judge has approved a preliminary injunction requiring the state of Indiana to recognize the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who are preparing their family for the end of Quasney’s epic fight with ovarian cancer. Last month, Chief Judge Richard Young, a Clinton-appointee, issued an emergency injunction requiring Indiana issue an accurate death certificate recognizing their marriage in the event Quasney died before the case could be decided, but Thursday’s ruling made that injunction permanent.

In the ruling, Young noted that the Supreme Court has stayed other decisions overturning state bans on same-sex marriage, such as in Utah, but concluded that such a precedent does not justify the irreparable harm Sandler and Quasney’s family would experience if their marriage is not recognized immediately. The Lambda Legal case, which includes four other families, will proceed for a full consideration of the merits, but Sandler and Quasney will be protected however long that might take.

Young explained that the injunction is not a “final resolution of the merits of the case,” but it is “a best guess by the court as to what the outcome will be.”

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