Late this afternoon, Lambda Legal announced that they are seeking emergency marriage recognition in Indiana for Amy Sandler and her wife Niki Quasney, who was diagnosed in 2009 with stage IV ovarian cancer.
Sandler and Quasney have been in a loving and committed relationship for 13 years and have two children under the age of three. According to Lambda Legal's press release, Ms. Quasney has had multiple surgeries and aggressive chemotherapy treatments.
They have a civil union in Illinois and were legally married in Massachusetts in 2013 but need their marriage to be immediately recognized in Indiana to receive the protections and security that every other married Hoosier family receives.
At present, state law prohibits the marriage of same-sex couples and makes it a felony to file for a marriage license.
Because state law does not presently recognize same-sex marriages, Ms. Sandler is not legally regarded as Ms. Quasney's next of kin, meaning that she will not be able to make medical care and end-of-life decisions after Quasney's death.
Lambda Legal filed Baskin vs. Bogan on March 10th, 2014 in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Indiana. Today's filings added Sandler and Quasney of Munster, Indiana as well as Henry Greene, Glenn Funkhouser and their son of Carmel, Indiana as plaintiffs.
The organization has asked that Niki and Amy's claims be heard immediately on an emergency basis.
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