Edith Windsor, DOMA Defeater, Shares World's Most Inspiring Love Story
Earlier this week, the indefatigable Edith Windsor stopped by The New Yorker
Festival to discuss her life as a gay woman growing up the mid-20th century. Among many other things she talked about with the magazine's Ariel Levy, Windsor also waxed sentimental about her late partner, Thea Spyer. The 84-year-old Windsor, as you probably know, was the plaintiff in Edith Windsor vs. the United States
, the case that brought down the Defense of Marriage Act. It began when Spyer died in 2009, and Windsor was barred from claiming a federal tax exemption on Spyer's estate because she was not considered a spouse under DOMA. Thanks to Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down the law in June.
In her talk with Levy, Windsor explains how she left a loveless marriage to a man and eventually met Spyer, for whom she waited two years before they began dating. It's romantic as all get-out. We dare even the hardest hearts to not get a little misty listening to her.
You can see highlights from the talk below, or check out the full discussion here
(The New Yorker