Edith Windsor Speaks Out After DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional
Today DOMA was determined to be unconstitutional by the highest court in the land after the Supreme Court ruled on United States v. Windsor. This decision means that same-sex couples who are legally married must now be treated the same under federal law as married opposite-sex couples. The plaintiff is Edith Windsor, above, who filed suit against the government after the Defense of Marriage Act after her wife’s death left her with a heavy tax bill that an opposite-sex marriage would have avoided.
Today’s decision not only means the government won’t make such distinctions in the future, it means Windsor gets over $300,000 back — “with interest,” her attorney pointed out.
At a press conference, Windsor was introduced by her attorney: “Like Susan B. Anthony, or Rosa Parks, or Harvey Milk before her, Edie has lit a torch of freedom for others to follow.” Windsor started with: “We won everything we asked and hoped for.”
MORE QUOTABLES FROM EDITH WINDSOR’S PRESS CONFERENCE:
“To all of the gay people and their supporters who have cheered me on: thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m sure Thea is thanking you, too. … Our own community has come out and seen each other and loved each other in a way that makes me proud and courageous every day.”
“Children born today will grow up in a world without DOMA. And those children who are gay will be free to grow up and love and be married.”
“If I had to survive Thea, what a glorious way to do it. And she would be so pleased.”
“Internalized homophobia is a bitch,” she said, explaining how she had to lie about her relationship.
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