INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A lesbian couple seeking to have Indiana recognize their out-of-state marriage on the terminally ill partner's death certificate has more time to fight their case after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction requiring the state to do so.
U.S. District Judge Richard Young's injunction extends last month's temporary order requiring the state to list Amy Sandler as the spouse of Niki Quasney after Quasney dies of cancer. It applies only to them, not to other gay couples who want Indiana recognition.
The Munster couple say they need Indiana to recognize their Massachusetts marriage to ensure that Sandler can collect Social Security and other death benefits. They have two young children.
Attorneys for the state say there are other ways for Sandler to obtain property benefits.