Federal judge to hear Indiana gay couple’s request

Kim Gillen, holds flowers for friends applying for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kim Gillen, holds flowers for friends applying for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge in Evansville has scheduled a Thursday hearing on a gay couple’s bid to compel Indiana to recognize their legal marriage in another state.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young said during a Friday teleconference with attorneys in the case that on Thursday morning he’ll hear the couple’s request for a temporary restraining order requiring Indiana to recognize their marriage.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler married last year in Massachusetts, but Quasney is dying from ovarian cancer. The northern Indiana couple wants Young to order the state to recognize their marriage in Quasney’s anticipated death certificate.

They are part of a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s marriage laws filed last month by Lambda Legal, a national gay rights group.

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