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Judge: Ind. must recognize gay couple's marriage

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A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.

The Indiana attorney general's office says U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young granted the couple's request for a temporary restraining order Thursday to keep the state from enforcing its ban on gay marriages against the couple.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where gay marriage is legal.

Quasney has stage 4 ovarian cancer and the Munster, Ind., couple wanted Young to order the state to recognize their marriage in Quasney's anticipated death certificate.

"We're greatly relieved for Amy, Niki and their two young children. They are a loving family coping with a terminal illness.The State of Indiana has no justification for denying them dignity, legitimacy, and respect as a family during this inexpressibly difficult time." said Paul Castillo, one of the couple's attorneys.

The decision doesn't affect other lawsuits challenging Indiana's gay marriage ban.

The Associated Press Contributed to this story

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