A forty-four-year-old New Mexico lesbian who sued to marry her longtime partner died on Friday.

Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper lost her battle against a life-threatening form of brain cancer, the AP reported.

Because of her failing health, Jennifer and Angelique Neuman-Roper were unable to travel to nearby Dona Ana County, where its clerk had announced he would begin issuing licenses to gay couples. The couple filed an emergency request to marry on the same August day that other gay couples began receiving licenses in Dona Ana County.

As a result of the lawsuit, a Santa Fe judge ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to begin issuing licenses to gay couples. Salazar said she welcomed the ruling.

Jennifer and Angelique were married in the lobby of Santa Fe's Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center on the day of the judge's ruling by a member of Salazar's staff.

The couple, together more than 21 years, met while attending New Mexico Tech and raised three siblings they adopted. A memorial service is planned for November 18 at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in Espanola.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Jen Neuman-Roper's passing,” ACLU-NM Executive Director Peter Simonson said in a statement. “She was a beloved member of her community, a loving mother and wife, and a trail blazer for marriage equality in New Mexico. Her participation in the New Mexico freedom to marry case helped open the door for thousands of same-sex couples to celebrate their love and commitment in marriage here in our state. She will be missed.”

Eight out of thirty-three New Mexico counties are currently issuing licenses to gay couples. The New Mexico Supreme Court in October heard arguments in a case that seeks to clarify whether state law prohibits gay couples from marrying. A ruling is expected soon.