Indiana Attorney General: Respect Marriage of Terminally Ill Woman and Her Wife

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Shame on Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller!

Lambda Legal filed suit and won a court ruling requiring the State of Indiana to respect the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney — an important victory for the couple and their two children, as Niki battles stage four cancer. Niki wants to be recognized as married in her home state while she is still alive. But Attorney General Zoeller appealed the ruling and asked the appeals court to deny recognition to all same sex couples' marriages in Indiana - including Niki and Amy's marriage - while the appeal proceeds. The appeals court stayed our victory. We filed an emergency motion asking the court to lift the stay for Niki and Amy.

Please sign the petition and tell Attorney General Zoeller: do not oppose this motion! It is an outrage and shameful that the State of Indiana would continue to fight this couple.

Niki and Amy have been in a loving and committed relationship for 13 years, and they have two children, ages 3 and 1. Almost five years ago, Niki was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, having more than 100 tumors removed surgically in 2009, and years of chemotherapy. They were married in Massachusetts in 2013 but need their marriage to be legally recognized in Indiana to receive the full protections that every other married family in Indiana receives. Niki wants certainty that Amy will receive an accurate death certificate so that she can take care of Niki’s affairs and access the safety net available to a surviving spouse and young children.

“We were so relieved when the court ruled that our marriage should be respected here at home, and we hoped we could go back to our lives together as a family. I am shocked that the attorney general of my state would fight us like this. It’s just us and our daughters, and it’s heartwrenching to think that a powerful attorney like him wants to take away the constitutional protections that we should have never had to fight for in the first place.” —Niki Quasney

About this petition
Tell the Indiana Attorney General to stop the appeal of the ruling requiring the state to respect the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who is fighting terminal cancer. They need their marriage to be legally recognized in Indiana to receive the full protections that every other married family in Indiana receives.

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