The plaintiff in the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, Edith Windsor, was with her life partner, Thea Spyer, for over 40 years. They were married in Canada. Their Canadian marriage is legally recognized in the state of New York. Upon Spyer’s death, Windsor had to pay over $363,000 in estate taxes for inheriting property because the IRS didn’t recognize their marriage because of DOMA. Windsor sued the government for a refund because she was legally married.
- Should Edith Windsor have to pay what other married couples don’t because she’s married to another woman?
- Should the Supreme Court rule that DOMA violates equal protection?
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