Motion filed to protect Indiana’s 1st gay marriage

Hundred of same sex couples line up to apply for marriage licenses at the Marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Hundred of same sex couples line up to apply for marriage licenses at the Marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national gay rights group has filed an emergency motion in court seeking to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana.

Lawyers from Lambda Legal filed the measure Monday morning in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago seeking continued recognition of the marriage between Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler. The lawyers argue the continued recognition is needed because Quasney is fighting advanced ovarian cancer.

The filing comes three days after the federal appeals court placed a hold on same-sex marriages in Indiana. Federal Judge Richard Young struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage last week, allowing such marriages, but Attorney General Greg Zoeller immediately appealed the ruling.

Hundreds of same-sex marriages were conducted around the state last week after Young’s ruling.

 

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