"Plaintiff Edie Windsor Hopes SCOTUS Recognizes Marriage Is A ‘Magic Word’"
On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would consider a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that prevents the federal government from providing benefits to married same-sex couples. The case advancing is a suit filed by Edith “Edie” Windsor, who had to pay over $363,000 in estate taxes after her wife and partner of 40 years, Thea Spyer, passed away. Windsor, now 83, says that Spyer would have adored her effort to defend their marriage:
WINDSOR: I don’t feel it as the start of a legal process. I feel it though, as this great joyous thing going on with the whole gay community. [...]
This process right now, she would adore it. I mean, she would say, “Go! Just go, girl!” The suit is about marriage, my marriage to her, and her marriage to me.
It’s like magic. It’s a magic word, and the whole world understands what it means, so I think it’s very important that our marriages exist and can be recognized.
In October, after the Second Circuit ruled in her favor, Windsor explained that DOMA “violates the fundamental principles of fairness and equality that our nation was built on”: