A federal court in Evansville will hear oral arguments Friday in a same-sex marriage case.
Attorneys will ask the court to compel Indiana to continue to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple from Munster, as well as to extend the freedom to marry to all Indiana same-sex couples.
Friday’s arguments are the latest chapter in a federal lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal in March in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on behalf of five Indiana same-sex couples seeking to overturn Indiana’s gay marriage ban.
Judge Richard Young ordered Indiana earlier this month to recognize the out-of-state marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler. He said not doing so could cause the couple irreparable harm because Quasney has ovarian cancer and doctors do not know how much longer she will live.
The judge’s order expired after 28 days, so attorneys are asking Young to now extend the ruling.
Lambda Legal attorneys said they were optimistic about the outcome of the other case after reading the judge’s order regarding Quasney and Sandler ,which rejected the state’s argument that it wants “to attract and then regulate couples that may unintentionally procreate for the sake of the children.”
“Therefore, on this record, the court finds there will likely be insufficient evidence of a legitimate state interest to justify the singling out of same-sex married couples for non-recognition,” the order reads.
The attorney general has reiterated on multiple occasions that the order only applies to the one case and does not affect Indiana’s marriage laws on a broader scale.
Network Indiana contributed to this report.