Published: December 07, 2012
Supreme Court to Hear 83-Year Old Widow's Challenge to Defense of Marriage Act
WASHINGTON - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear Edith "Edie" Windsor's
challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Windsor, 83, was forced to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate tax
after her spouse Thea Spyer died because their marriage was not
recognized under federal law because of DOMA. It is undisputed that if
Spyer had been married to a man instead of a woman, no estate tax would
have been owed.
"When Thea and I met nearly 50 years ago, we never could have dreamed
that the story of our life together would be before the Supreme Court as
an example of why gay married couples should be treated equally, and not
like second-class citizens," said Windsor, who sued the government for a
refund after Spyer's death in 2009. "While Thea is no longer alive, I
know how proud she would have been to see this day. The truth is, I
never expected any less from my country."
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