1. After divorcing her husband, Edith asked her friends to, “Take me where the lesbians are.”
As she describes it, when she went to the movies, she secretly identified with movie star Dick Powell, not with his co-star Ruby Keeler. After less than a year of marriage, she asked her husband for a divorce.
She still wears it today.
12. A love story so cinematic, it was made into a feature length film:
The award-winning 2009 documentary film, Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement by Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir.
13. Thea was diagnosed at 45 with multiple sclerosis. Edie took early retirement to become her full-time caregiver.
As her condition worsened Thea was restricted to crutches, and later a wheelchair. By 2002, Spyer was diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition called aortic stenosis. At that point, Spyer was quadriplegic and got around by using an adjusted mouse to maneuver her wheelchair.
15. When Thea’s doctor told her she had under a year to live, they flew to Toronto to be legally wed.
On May 22, 2007, Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer were legally married by Canada’s first out gay judge, Justice Harvey Brownstone.
18. Edie had a heart attack a month later. She recovered to fight the injustice she sees in the federal law that does not recognize her marriage.
20. She has a life-size photo of Thea in their apartment, which she admits she sometimes leans up against to tell her about the progress of the case.
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