An Indiana lesbian suffering from ovarian cancer has asked a federal judge to force the state to recognize her out-of-state marriage.

U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young will hold a hearing Thursday in his Evansville chambers to consider the couple's request, The Evansville Courier & Press reported.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler married last year in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize such unions nearly a decade ago.

The couple, who recently joined one of five lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's marriage law, want Quasney, who has stage 4 ovarian cancer, to be listed as married on her anticipated death certificate and Sandler listed as her surviving spouse.

The women have been together 13 years and are raising two daughters, ages 1 and 2.

“Every day that Indiana denies Amy, Niki and their two children the protections of marriage is cruel and discriminatory against a family whose time together is precious,” Paul Castillo, staff attorney for Lambda Legal, which is representing the women, said in a statement. “This family shouldn’t have to endure discrimination from the State of Indiana while fighting to enjoy the time they have left together as a family dealing with a terminal illness.”

Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, said the agency would defend the ban in court.

Judges facing similar cases in Ohio, New Mexico and Illinois have all ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.