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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 → ]
Thea Spyer (left) and Edith Windsor

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 → ]
Vicki C. Jackson

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 → ]
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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]
Thea Spyer and Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor vs. the United States: Edie 4, U.S. 0

Saturday, June 9, 2012
It seemed an intimate a moment as Edie drifted off to her memories. It was so sweet and it touched the depth of me. I was listening to a woman who fell in love at first sight and never stopped loving her partner of 44 years. “Did getting married after 42 years make a difference, Edie?”, I wondered. “Oh, Y E S ! It felt like we were finally recognized by friends and family and people around us. It felt wonderful!” [ Read more → ]
Eric Schneiderman

New York joins Massachusetts in challenging constitutionality of DOMA

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
After legalizing same-sex marriages last month, New York State now has joined Massachusetts in challenging the federal governments Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]

Same-sex couples file two new suits challenging ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Two new lawsuits were filed Tuesday in federal courts in Connecticut and New York on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states, challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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