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With one wife dying, Indiana’s Attorney General blasted for ‘shameful display of cruelty’ towards lesbian couple

With one wife dying, Indiana’s Attorney General blasted for ‘shameful display of cruelty’ towards lesbian couple

The Indiana Attorney General’s office is being blasted by Lambda Legal for continuing its legal fight against a dying woman and her desire to have her wife’s name on her death certificate.

A federal judge this week extended a temporary restraining order on the state government requiring it to recognize 37-year-old mother of two Niki Quasney as the spouse of wife Amy Sandler when she dies.

Despite Quasney having stage IV ovarian cancer, the state this week vowed to continue its legal appeal against her dying wish.

Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal, called the appeal ‘a shameful display of cruelty towards a loving couple with two children whose marriage is vital as they battle an aggressive cancer and fight to be together.’

‘This is one family in all of Indiana,’ Taylor added. ‘Their marriage doesn’t harm anyone in Indiana, it simply protects them and their children.’

The couple has a civil union in Illinois and were married in Massachusetts in 2013.

Lambda Legal has launched a petition drive to put pressure on the state to drop the appeal.

‘I am shocked that the attorney general of my state would fight us like this. It’s just us and our daughters, and it’s heartwrenching to think that a powerful attorney like him wants to take away the constitutional protections that we should have never had to fight for in the first place,’ Quasney said in a statement on the petition.