Terminally Ill Woman Who Fought To Have Her Same-Sex Marriage Recognized Passes Away
[su_right_ad]Niki Quasney (left) was hoping Indiana would recognize her marriage before she died.
Quasney and Amy Sandler challenged Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage as Quasney neared the end of a years-long battle with ovarian cancer. The couple from Munster, which is in northwest Indiana and just south of Chicago, obtained a civil union in Illinois in 2011 and married in Massachusetts in 2013, and they wanted Sandler listed as Quasney’s spouse on her Indiana death certificate to ensure that Sandler and the couple’s two young children received the death benefits to which married couples are entitled.
At the time, Indiana didn’t allow same-sex marriage and refused to recognize such marriages obtained elsewhere.