Monday, November 21, 2016
Amy Sandler, Time: As a resident of Indiana for five years, I got to know Governor Mike Pence better than the average Indiana constituent. Now that he is about to be our next vice president, I want all Americans to know exactly how he treated my family when my wife, Niki, was dying of ovarian cancer. I want everyone to know the type of man he is -- the type of things he is capable of. ... When a federal trial court ordered Indiana to recognize our marriage on an emergency basis because of Niki's declining health, Governor Pence immediately appealed. He wouldn't allow the state to protect even one family with a dying parent -- my family -- while the court case made its way through the legal system. After the Baskin plaintiffs won a sweeping victory, ordering the state of Indiana to recognize our marriages and give all same-sex couples the right to marry, Pence again appealed and the court put our victory on hold.
Given Niki's grave health, our lawyers asked the court to lift the stay on an emergency basis, just for our family. But even that wasn't acceptable to Pence -- a lawyer for the state filed papers in opposition.
Ultimately, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Indiana was violating our constitutional rights by enforcing its same-sex marriage ban.
Niki passed away shortly after our marriage victory.
That is our next vice president: a man who has shown time and again that he can't govern for all people, but only the ones he approves of.
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