Thank Edie Windsor for Ending DOMA!
  • Petitioned Edie Windsor

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Defeater of DOMA
Edie Windsor

Thank Edie Windsor for Ending DOMA!

    1. Elizabeth Beier
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Beier

      Berkeley, CA

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!

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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. beier.elizabeth@gmail.com

To:
Edie Windsor, Defeater of DOMA
To Edie Windsor,

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.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Jason Bartlett RIVERSIDE, RI
      • about 1 year ago

      Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Sign this petition to help get the ball rolling: https://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-military-lift-the-ban-on-transgender-people-in-the-military and like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/transmilitary We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Add transgender people the the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. Let equal rights and safety for all transgender people be possible! Don't ask, don't tell needs to be repealed for all, including transgender individuals. All transgender people deserve the same rights as every other United States citizen serving the country. Be that serving openly in the military, marrying the person they love or just walking down the street without risking being beaten or killed just because we live our lives differently than thinks is the "proper" way.

      Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: http://outservemag.com/2012/01/the-new-dadt-the-militarys-ban-on-transgender-service/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/10/for-transgendered-soldiers-dont-ask-dont-tell-carries-on/264225/

      My dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "[Jason], that’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true.

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    • Michael Myers HAMILTON, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      Many thanks!

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    • Rochelle Gonzalez FRESNO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      You changed history! Thank you!!

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    • Elizabeth Beier BERKELEY, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because Edie is a genuine American hero!

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