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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 01:18

Federal Judge Said Indiana Must Recognize This Lesbian Marriage

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Amy Sandler Niki Quasney


Last week, a sixth challenge was launched in Indiana by a lesbian couple, one of the women dies of cancer. The federal judge who heard their case ordered the state to identify their marriage.

As reports The Associated Press, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young in Evansville granted the request by Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler for a temporary restraining order that forces Indiana to recognize "this particular couple's out of state marriage," said Paul Castillo, an attorney for the national gay rights group Lambda Legal, who represented them.

Even if this marriage is finally identified and that it will not affect the other married couples living in Indiana, that will be nevertheless such a great victory for this couple.

"We are so thankful that we can move forward and concentrate on being with each other. Our time together and with our daughters is the most important thing in the world to me," Quasney said in a statement.

According to The Associated Press, if the state listed Quasney as unmarried it would interfere with Sandler's ability to take care of her partner's affairs after her death, and to access the safety net generally available to a surviving spouse and the children of the person who has died.


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