U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument in Challenge to Defense of Marriage Act

On Wednesday, March 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Edith "Edie" Windsor's challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Windsor, 83, was forced to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes after the death of her spouse Thea Spyer, because their marriage was not recognized under federal law. If Spyer had married a man instead of a woman, no estate tax would have been owed.

The lawsuit argues that DOMA violates the equal protection guarantee of the U.S. Constitution because it recognizes marriages of heterosexual couples, but not of same-sex couples, despite the fact that New York State treats all marriages the same.

Windsor is represented by attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; the ACLU; the NYCLU; and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

More information about the case is available at www.aclu.org/edie.