Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney wanted their marriage to be recognized by the state of Indiana, because Quasney is battling stage four ovarian cancer.
Sanler and Quasney have a civil union in Illinois and were married in Massachusetts in 2013, but sought recognition of their marriage in Indiana. Once this marriage is recognized, Sandler would have access to Quasney's affairs like a traditional marriage.
The case, Baskin v. Bogan, was filed by Lambda Legal on March 10 in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Indiana.
Lambda Legal asked that the case be heard on an emergency basis due to Quasney's medical circumstances.