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Judge Orders Indiana to Recognize Marriage

A federal judge says Indiana must continue to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a same-sex couple.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young issued a preliminary injunction that, in effect, extends a April 10th order for the state to temporarily recognize the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler of Munster. That order expired today, and Young‘s new ruling says the state has to recognize the marriage for the duration of court proceedings in their case.

Young is also considering a lawsuit from five same-sex couples who either want to marry in Indiana or want the state to recognize their marriages. The judge was asked to give special consideration to immediately affirm Quasney and Sandler‘s marriage because Quasney has terminal ovarian cancer. Young wrote that, should Quasney die, the state must issue a death certificate listing her as married, and that Sandler must receive any benefits available to a legal spouse.

Young has not said when he will rule on the rest of the case, but both sides have said they will appeal if they lose. The gay rights group Lambda Legal is representing the couples, while the office of Attorney General Greg Zoeller is defending the state‘s law that restricts marriage to heterosexual couples.