Edie & Thea

Edith & Thea“Since the 1960s, Edith Windsor wore a diamond brooch, not an engagement ring, as a symbol of a 40-year commitment to her girlfriend that was ultimately made official in Canada.”

 Montreal Gazette »»»

Windsor became acquainted with that painful reality in 2009, when her wife, Thea Spyer, died two years after the pair officially tied the knot in Toronto. Same-sex marriage has been legal for almost a decade north of the border.

Same-sex marriage is also recognized in the state of New York, but not by the U.S. government, and Windsor, a lifelong New Yorker, was soon ordered to pay US$363,000 in federal taxes on her late wife’s estate.

Those were taxes that would not have been levied against her if she’d been married to a man.

Windsor’s battle against DOMA has made her a hero to America’s gay community. On Wednesday, the spirited blonde was a veritable rock star on the steps of the Supreme Court, emerging from the courtroom to a roar of cheers from gay rights supporters amassed outside.

 New York Daily News  (November 10, 2010) »»»

Trailblazing gay rights activist Edith Windsor sued the federal government on Monday to reimburse the $350,000 she paid in estate taxes when her wife died.

Windsor, 81, says she should get the same exemption given to married heterosexual couples, which excuses them from paying taxes on a spouse’s estate. Her wife, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The couple was married in Canada in 2007 after 41 years together.

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