On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that section three of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections.
Edie's Day in Court
Supreme Court Decision
Read the full Supreme Court decision here.
James Esseks Reacts to DOMA Decision
On the way to the DOMA press conference, James Esseks, director of the ACLU's LGBT Project, says a few words about what DOMA means and what's next for LGBT rights and for the ACLU.
Edie Windsor Speaks at DOMA Decision Press Conference
Edie Windsor Reacts To DOMA Decision at Press Conference Q&A
Paul Weiss Attorney Roberta Kaplan Speaks at DOMA Press Conference
Windsor's ACLU Attorney James Esseks Speaks at DOMA Press Conference
NYCLU's Executive Director Speaks at DOMA Press Conference
Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court in Windsor v. United States
On March 27, 2013 attorneys for Edith "Edie" Windsor argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unfairly forced Windsor to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes after the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer, in violation of the equal protection principles guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Watch Edie's Reaction
Plaintiff Edie Windsor speaks passionately at the post-argument press conference about what marriage means to her, the harms DOMA has caused her personally, and how it negatively impacts the lives of married same-sex couples.
Windsor is represented by attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; the American Civil Liberties Union; the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Watch the attorneys' statements: