Monday, April 14, 2014

Judge Requires Indiana's Recognition of Couple's Same Sex Marriage--For Now

U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young in Evansville granted same sex couple Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler a temporary restraining order forcing Indiana to recognize their marriage which took place last year in Massachusetts. The circumstances are unfortunate: Quasney and Sandler argue that they have an urgent need for their marriage to be recognized because Quasney is in the late stages of cancer. As the News Sentinel describes it, their brief argues that "if the state listed Quasney as unmarried it would interfere with Sandler's ability to take care of her partner's affairs after her death, and to access the safety net generally available to a surviving spouse and the children of the person who has died." The restraining order expires on May 8. Four other court cases involving Indiana same sex couples are pending. Read more from the News Sentinel here.