Edith ‘Edie’ Windsor, a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, has spoken out on why she is so grateful for a federal judge finding a key portion of DOMA unconstitutional, and how she just wishes she could have shared that news with her late partner.
Edie is lead plaintiff in Windsor v. United States. After her partner of 44 years died, she was forced to pay more than $360,000 in estate taxes because the federal government, per the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), cannot recognize her marriage as legal. The Obama administration has refused to defend DOMA Section 3 in court but the Republican House leadership has since taken up the fight.
Judge Barbara Jones last week ruled that based on a rational basis review, the lowest form of judicial scrutiny, Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional. Lawyers representing the House leadership are expected to appeal, as they have done in several other DOMA suits.
Hear in the video below exactly what this ruling has meant to the courageous 83-year-old, as well as her personal thoughts on why this case is important:
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