A federal court in Indiana has ordered the state to immediately recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple because one of them is terminally ill.
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.
A lawsuit was filed in behalf of the couple by Lambda Legal.
‘They’re married, they love each other and they are doing their best to protect their family,’ said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Paul Castillo.
Castillo explained why it is so important for the couple to be married with Quasney so ill: ‘The local hospital defers to state law to determine whether a couple is validly married, and Niki worries that she won’t be able to be with Amy when it counts. Niki also wants to make sure Amy has the protections of a surviving spouse under Indiana law.’
The couple have a civil union in Illinois and were married in Massachusetts in 2013.
Quasney said in a statement: ‘We are so relieved. 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. I look forward to the day when all couples in Indiana have the freedom to marry.’