“Edie will soon receive a check from the IRS for the tax she had to pay solely because she was married to a woman,” her lawyer says. Windsor took her challenge to the Supreme Court, resulting in the landmark ruling that the marriage definition excluding gay couples in the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.
On Wednesday, Edie Windsor’s lawsuit led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal ban on recognizing same-sex couples’ marriages in the Defense of Marriage Act. This weekend was the celebration, as Edie’s biggest fans — her fellow New Yorkers — honored her as the NYC Pride parade’s grand marshal.
Ain’t no party like a wedding party.
“I had pretty much the same reaction as almost everyone in the room: We were all crying,” the marriage plaintiff tells BuzzFeed. Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, share their thoughts about a historic victory.
As Americans celebrate the life of slain activist Harvey Milk and prepare for Gay Pride Month, a rash of anti-gay hate crimes has struck New York City’s LGBT community. There have been 29 anti-gay hate crimes reported in NYC so far this year compared with 14 at this point last year.