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Same-Sex Marriage

Wave of Briefs Filed in Edie Windsor’s DOMA Case | Advocate.com.

Windsor married her spouse Thea Spyer in Canada in 2007, and their marriage was recognized by their home state of New York. When Spyer died in 2009 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, Windsor was forced to pay more than $360,000 in estate taxes because the federal government did not recognize her marriage. As Windsor recently told The Advocate, “If Thea had been Theo, I would have had to pay no estate tax whatsoever.”

The GLBT community has made huge strides in resent years, but we still have a long way to go.  For those of us lucky enough to live in a state that recognizes the right of all its residents to marry, we need to remember that because of DOMA same-sex couples are only guaranteed the rights and protections afforded to married couples in their state.  There are 1,138 federal rights and protections that come with legal marriage, but only for heterosexual couples. -Rachel



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