New Mexico Woman Who Sued to Marry Partner Dies
A New Mexico woman who won an emergency court order allowing her to marry her longtime partner this summer in one of a cascade of same-sex weddings in the state has died.
Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper had been suffering from terminal brain cancer and died on Friday at the age of 44, according to an obituary on DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory’s website. The ACLU of New Mexico issued a statement saying her participation in the group’s 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."
Jennifer and Angelique Neuman-Roper had an impromptu service in the lobby of the Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center on Aug. 21. A larger case on the legality of same-sex marriage in New Mexico hasn’t been resolved.