New Mexico woman who sued to marry partner dies

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Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 6:36 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman who sued so she could 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 at Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center on Aug. 21. A court challenge over the legality of same-sex marriage in New Mexico hasn't been resolved.

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