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INDIANA: Plaintiff In Same-Sex Marriage Case Dies Of Ovarian Cancer

Via the Indianapolis Star:
Niki Quasney (left), the Munster woman who, along with her wife Amy Sandler, became one of the most prominent figures in the movement last year to legalize same-sex marriage in Indiana, has died. She was 38. Quasney passed away Thursday, more than five years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Quasney and Sandler attracted national attention last spring, when a federal judge granted an emergency request to recognize their Massachusetts marriage, a decision that made them the first — and for a time, only — legally married same-sex couple in the state. The order paved the way for widespread recognition of same-sex couples in Indiana. “Niki and Amy and their daughters became Indiana’s first family when they bravely joined Lambda Legal’s marriage case, which meant openly sharing very personal and painful parts of their journey together as Niki battled cancer,” Paul Castillo, the Lambda Legal attorney who represented the couple, said in a statement.
(Tipped by JMG reader Matt)

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