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Edie Windsor: ‘Marriage is this Magic Thing’

One year ago today on June 6, 2012, a New York federal judge considering Edie Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruled that a critical section of the law unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples.

At the time, four other federal courts had also struck down DOMA under the Constitution. Edie’s challenge is now being considered by the Supreme Court.

Edie legally married her long-time partner Thea Spyer in 2007. But because the federal government did not recognize their marriage as valid, Edie was saddled with a $363,000 estate tax bill when Thea died – money she would not have paid if Thea had been a man.

With just weeks left in the Supreme Court’s session, learn more about some of the ways the court could rule at hrc.org/supremecourt.

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