When 83-year-old Edie Windsor found out this week that she’d won her case, and that the Defense of Marriage Act had been ruled unconstitutional, she wanted so badly to talk to her late widow, Thea Spyer.
“I talked to the pictures,” she said. “I walked around saying, ‘OK, honey we did it!’”
Windsor is the namesake of Windsor v. United States. She sued after her partner of 44 years died and because the federal government refused to recognize their marriage she was forced to pay more than $360,000 in estate taxes.
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