- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - A Munster woman whose same-sex marriage was the first recognized in Indiana as her partner was dying of cancer is praising the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Amy Sandler says her heart is singing for all children and families across the country. The efforts by Sandler and Niki Quasney to have their marriage recognized helped galvanize efforts to overturn Indiana’s gay marriage ban. Quasney died in February of ovarian cancer. Sandler says she hopes the ruling will make it easier for same-sex couples to be accepted, saying all should be treated with dignity and respect.

Sandler believes it is significant that the majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

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