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Couple join lawsuit challenging Indiana same-sex marriage ban

Updated: May 5, 2014 8:21AM



A Munster couple have joined a federal lawsuit challenging the state of Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The attorney for Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler filed motions this week for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to compel the state to recognize their marriage, which was performed in August 2013 in Massachusetts. Four other couples are also represented in the suit.

One of the reasons the couple are seeking the injunction is Quasney’s battle with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, according to a memorandum filed by Lambda Legal. If the injunction is upheld, their marriage could be recognized and Quasney could be listed as a married woman on her death certificate.

In a court filing, Sandler details their 13-year relationship. They have two daughters, and entered into a civil union in Illinois in 2011.

“Getting married was an amazing feeling. It was magical because I was finally marrying the love of my life — the person who gave me the strength to be who I am — it was a dream come true,” Sandler said.

The court filings tell of Quasney’s grueling chemotherapy treatments, and Lambda Legal’s memorandum surmises that it’s likely Quasney will die before the court renders judgment on the matter.

Sandler details the conundrum of working in Illinois, where her marriage is recognized, but living in Indiana, where it is not.

“Almost every day, there is this discordance in the legal recognition of our marital status,” Sandler said in the filing. “It makes our family feel less secure at home, and it hurts us deeply.”



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