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Plaintiff Edith Windsor (right) and her attorney Roberta Kaplan leave the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Johns Hopkins Univ. to honor DOMA plaintiff, attorney with honorary degrees

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
BALTIMORE -- Two women involved in a case challenging the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages that went to the Supreme Court are among the people receiving honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University at commencement next month. [ Read more → ]
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Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. [ Read more → ]
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N.Y. to issue refunds to married same-sex spouses forced to pay estate tax

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state. [ Read more → ]
Craig Ruttle, APEdith Windsor, the 84-year-old woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits, smiles as she cools herself with a fan showing her image during the gay pride march in New York Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Grand Marshall Edith Windsor leads jubilant crowd at NYC pride

Sunday, June 30, 2013
NEW YORK — The 84-year-old woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits is a grand marshal of New York City's gay pride march. [ Read more → ]
Jason DeCrow, APMembers of the LGBT community and their supporters gather in New York's Greenwich Village on Wednesday to celebrate two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, one to invalidate parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and another to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down California's controversial Proposition 8.

Edith Windsor, NYC crowd celebrate court’s gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK — About a thousand people gathered Wednesday on the block where a 1969 riot sparked the gay rights movement to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Richard Drew, APEdith Windsor, left, kisses her attorney Roberta Kaplan duirng a news conference at the LGBT Center, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

‘Joyous’ plaintiff Edith Windsor cried at gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- The plaintiff in the historic gay marriage case that the Supreme Court has ruled on says she cried when she heard the ruling. Edith Windsor said Wednesday's ruling made her feel "joyous, just joyous!" [ Read more → ]
This artist rendering shows Roberta Kaplan, attorney for plaintiff Edith Windsor, addressing the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday.Dana Verkouteren, AP

A boost for same-sex marriage: Supreme Court justices question federal law

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Concluding two days of intense debate, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could give a boost to same-sex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to other couples. [ Read more → ]
Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, where the court heard arguments on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Listen: U.S. Supreme Court releases audio of DOMA hearing

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has released the audio and transcript of Wednesday's hearing challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to married people. [ Read more → ]
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case.Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP

‘Edie, Edie,’ chants a jubilant crowd as Windsor emerges from Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Edith Windsor emerged from the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to loud cheers from marriage equality supporters gathered outside the high court, on this second day of back-to-back same-sex marriage cases. [ Read more → ]
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Day 2 at the high court: Justices to hear challenge to Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. [ Read more → ]
Thea Spyer (left) and Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor calls on U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Edith Windsor, the New York widow who was forced to pay $363,000 in estate taxes in 2009 upon the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer, made her case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, filing a brief in her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
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Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Friday, February 22, 2013
The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Amicus brief: U.S. Supreme Court does not have authority to rule on DOMA

Thursday, January 24, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court does not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, argued a Harvard professor in a brief filed Thursday with the high court. [ Read more → ]
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House GOP to Supreme Court: Gays too powerful to warrant judicial protection

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Republican members of the U.S. House leadership on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court it should uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as constitutional, arguing that gays and lesbians are a powerful interest group, and do not warrant "judicial intervention." [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court schedules arguments in Prop 8, DOMA cases

Monday, January 7, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear arguments during the last week of March in two cases affecting same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court sets briefing schedule for DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, December 16, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced the schedule for submitting legal briefs in pending DOMA litigation, making the deadline for the first round of such documents Jan. 22. [ Read more → ]
Thea Spyer (left) and Edith Windsor

Joy trumps jurisprudence in gay marriage case

Thursday, December 13, 2012
One of two cases that the Supreme Court has decided to hear in the coming year will challenge the Defense of Marriage Act. Although this is ostensibly a legal case, it is really about competing narratives – and there is nothing same-sex marriage opponents offer that comes close to the touching tale of Edie Windsor and her deceased wife Thea Spyer. Their struggle not only tugs at the heartstrings, it transforms the heart into a marionette, dancing merrily to sappy love songs. This case screams out for fair resolution, and the court runs the risk of delegitimizing itself as draconian and doctrinaire if it denies this couple justice. [ Read more → ]
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Second Circuit case on DOMA may be high court’s strongest contender for deciding law’s fate

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
While marriage equality supporters have been giving thanks for the recent ballot box victories and the Second Circuit’s Windsor v. U.S. decision, the most recent Defense of Marriage strike-down by a federal court in mid-October, the law-focused among us are also looking ahead to the next big question: What will the U.S. Supreme Court do on Nov. 30, when it is scheduled to decide on the marriage-related cert petitions pending before it? [ Read more → ]
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DOJ asks Supreme Court to prioritize Windsor’s DOMA challenge

Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to make the case of an 83-year-old New York lesbian who had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes its highest priority among the pending lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court: DOMA discriminates against married, same-sex couples

Thursday, October 18, 2012
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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GOP attorney strongly defends DOMA in New York widow’s lawsuit

Thursday, September 27, 2012
NEW YORK — The House Republican attorney defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court took particular issue on Thursday with an octogenarian lesbian’s case against by the law by suggesting the timing and location of her marriage makes challenge invalid. [ Read more → ]
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Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks. [ Read more → ]
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Justice Department asks Supreme Court to hear two additional DOMA cases

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed legal briefs with the Supreme Court asking justices to take up two additional cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act upon their return from summer recess. [ Read more → ]
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More states call for ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be declared unconstitutional

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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House Democrats intercede on behalf of N.Y. widow against DOMA

Friday, September 7, 2012
House Democrats are yet again interceding on behalf of litigation challenging the Defense of Marriage Act — this time as one of 15 parties expected to file legal briefs before an appellate court in a case involving a lesbian New York widower. [ Read more → ]
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