I was at the Supreme Court today when the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down. Cheering with the rest of the spectators, I knew I had to find a way to thank Edie Windsor, the hero who challenged DOMA.
Edie and her wife Thea Spyer's loving relationship spanned four decades, and they were legally married in Canada. Yet when Thea died, the government treated her as if she had always been single. She had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes because the government didn't recognize her marriage.
The unfair treatment was rooted in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that prevented same-sex marriages from receiving federal benefits. Because Edie Windsor won her lawsuit, the Supreme Court has overturned DOMA!
Throughout this process Edie has carried herself with grace, bravery, conviction, and a good sense of humor. She is an amazing individual and our country owes her a debt. Sign the petition and in the comments, send a note of gratitude!
p.s. If Edie is reading this - Thank you so much for what you have done! If you like the painting in the picture above, please let me know and I can send it to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for successfully challenging DOMA. Your amazing love story with Thea Spyer has forever changed history! You knew it was wrong for the government to treat you and Thea as strangers, and now married same-sex couples will not suffer that indignity. America is more equal, loving, and fair because of your brave actions.
Thank you again.