Monday, April 14, 2014
A federal district court judge has granted a restraining order for a same-sex couple that will force Indiana to recognize the couple’s marriage. Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler were legally married in Massachusetts in 2013, however a state statute prevents the recognition of their marriage in Indiana. Quasney is terminally ill with stage 4 ovarian cancer. The couple sought the restraining order against the state to compel Indiana to recognize their marriage, so that Sandler will be able to effectively handle Quasney’s affairs after her death. The ruling is limited to this specific couple, and does not affect other cases currently challenging Indiana’s gay marriage ban.
See Charles D. Wilson, Federal Judge: Indiana Must Recognize Gay Couple’s Marriage, Huffington Post, Apr. 10, 2014.
Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.