Ill woman files emergency request for same-sex marriage

Posted at: 08/22/2013 10:39 AM
Updated at: 08/22/2013 12:49 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

SANTA FE COUNTY -- Two Pojoaque women could find out whether or not they can legally wed in Santa Fe County by next week.

A court date has been set for Monday for Jen Roper and Angelique Neuman, the couple who filed an emergency request for a same-sex marriage license in district court on Wednesday.

Roper suffers from life-threatening brain cancer and she says her condition is deteriorating.

She wants to marry Neuman to ensure benefits for their three children should she pass away.

The ACLU of New Mexico, who filed the request Wednesday, told KOB the couple could have driven down to Doña Ana County to get a license, but because of Roper's health, they can't.

"I'm sure they're under a great deal of strain. I imagine that they're quite hopeful of what the prospects are next week and we're all hopeful, you know, obviously there’s a lot of pressure right now for this issue to get resolved in the state," said Peter Simonson with the ACLU of New Mexico.

The court date is set for 3 p.m. on Monday.