Indiana gay couple relieved at marriage ruling

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A terminally ill woman says she and her lesbian spouse are relieved a judge has ordered Indiana to recognize their marriage.

Niki Quasney of Munster says she and Amy Sandler will now concentrate on being with each other.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young on Thursday extended an order requiring Indiana to recognize the couple's Massachusetts marriage pending a decision on the constitutionality of Indiana's gay marriage ban.

The couple was one of five challenging the ban. Young's ruling applies only to Quasney and Sandler.

The couple want their marriage to be recognized on Quasney's death certificate to make certain Sandler can obtain death benefits.

Quasney has stage 4 ovarian cancer and has undergone numerous surgeries and chemotherapy. Next month, she'll have reached the average survival time for her disease.

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