Indiana must recognize first same-sex marriage

Jul 1, 2014

A federal appeals court has ruled that the State of Indiana must recognize the marriage of the state’s first same-sex couple. 

In recent days Indiana challenged hundreds of same-sex couples who got married last week after a lower court ruling allowed them to. 

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay late last week, throwing the marriages into legal limbo, including that of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler. 

They were the first same-sex couple allowed to marry back in April because Quasney is dying from ovarian cancer. 

But now the appeals court has recognized this one marriage for the same reason. Paul Castillo, the couple’s attorney, is still concerned about Indiana’s next move.  

"Indiana should not continue to appeal this one couples’ marriage and let them spend their time with each other and not subjected to any more uncertainty."

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he would not stand in the way if the court found an exception for Quasney and Sandler.