Legal experts say U.S. District Judge Richard Young's lengthy deliberations on whether to stay — or delay — his ruling recognizing a same-sex Indiana couple’s marriage could mean a broader decision is coming.
The Indianapolis Star reports that it's been more than a month since the state asked Young for the stay. The judge granted a preliminary injunction requiring Indiana to recognize the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney on May 8.
Quasney is terminally ill with ovarian cancer. The couple was married in Massachusetts last year and argue that lack of recognition of their marriage here in Indiana would endanger Sandler's ability to collect Social Security and other death benefits.
Marriage law expert Seymore J. Reisman said it is "absolutely unusual" for a judge to take so much time to grant a stay.
Reisman told the Indy Star he suspects Young may skip the stay order and decide whether to throw out Indiana's gay marriage ban given the delay.
Bans have been struck down in five states since Indiana's ban was argued in federal court — Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the Indy Star reports.
Read the full Indy Star story online.
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