Earlier this year, a federal judge ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of same-sex couple Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, because Quasney is fighting stage four ovarian cancer. Now another couple facing the same dire circumstances has similarly found relief and will have their marriage recognized.
The agreement stipulates that Indiana “must recognize their marriage,” and if either passes away, issue a death certificate identifying her as “married” and listing the other as the “surviving spouse.” Likewise, William VanNess, commissioner of the State Department of Health, “shall issue directives to local health departments, funeral homes, physicians, coroners, medical examiners, and others” to ensure the death certificate is completed accurately.
The case is otherwise stayed while Indiana continues to defend its marriage ban in court. The judge who originally ordered Sandler and Quasney’s marriage to be recognized eventually overturned the state’s ban entirely, a decision recently upheld by the Seventh Circuit. Indiana has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will consider whether it takes any of the various same-sex marriage cases later this month.