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Cuomo: New York State Will Refund Estate Taxes Paid By Same-Sex Spouses Under DOMA

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New York State has said it will refund estate taxes paid by individuals who survived their same-sex spouse prior to the Supreme Court decision that found Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. 

"This financial compensation is one more step toward justice for Edie Windsor, and all of the men and women who confronted similar indifference at a time of deep personal loss," Governor Andrew Cuomo told the Associated Press, making reference to the plaintiff in the DOMA case.

There is currently no estimate of how much money the state will be refunding. Marriage equality came to New York in 2011.

Windsor sued the Internal Revenue Service after she was forced to pay estate taxes following the death of her wife, Thea Speyer.

"I am of course thrilled that I will be getting a refund of the estate tax that I never should have had to pay in the first place," she told the AP. "What makes me even happier, however, is the fact that no other gay person will ever again have to face the indignity of DOMA."

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