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In the Life Profiles 83-Year-Old DOMA Challenger Edie Windsor

In the Life Media has just released a new interview with Edie Windsor, the 83-year-old widow challenging the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.

Windsor is challenging the hefty tax penalty she faces after inheriting her late wife Thea’s estate, a penalty that would not apply if her spouse had been a man. She is represented by the ACLU and the law firm of Paul Weiss. In June, a New York federal district judge ruled in Windsor's favor that section three of DOMA unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples. Windsor hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will now take on her case.

Watch Windsor discuss her 44 years with Thea, the future of the case, and how proud Thea would be of the work she’s doing.

DOMA denies lawfully married same-sex couples more than 1,100 federal benefits and protections. Learn more about other legislative and judicial challenges to DOMA here.

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