City Supports Suit Challenging Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Wednesday said they will jointly support one widow’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In a statement, the two said they will file a joint amicus brief in support of  Edith "Edie" Windsor. She sued the government in 2010 after she was forced to pay $363,000 in estate taxes when her partner of over 40 years died. The two women were married in Canada in 2007.

Windsor, 82, didn't qualify for the unlimited marital deduction on her spouse's estate because gay marriage is not recognized by the federal government.

“We believe that DOMA is unconstitutional because it deprives married gay New Yorkers of equal protection of the laws, and we are filing a brief to support the case against it,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

“As Courts across the country continue to strike down DOMA’s unconstitutional assault on our civil liberties, I’m proud to join Mayor Bloomberg and the chorus of voices that have called to repeal DOMA once and for all,” said Quinn, who recently married her partner.

A federal judge ruled in Windsor’s favor earlier this month. While the Obama administration has declined to defend DOMA in court, the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group appointed an attorney to represent the government in the case. Lawyers for the ACLU expect them to appeal the decision.

The friend-of-the-court papers is expected to support Winsdor’s claim that DOMA violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. 


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Comments [4]

Eve Stevens from Eugene, Oregon

God Bless this wonderful woman and the decent people who stood behind her while she fought for equality. The United States of America should be ashamed with Justice Thomas, Alito and Roberts being on our Supreme Court. These justices have profoundly shown prejudice and injected their political beliefs into our democracy, this my friend will ultimately lead to the failure of our constitution working for us as it is intended. We need to create term limits for these justices to ensure that everyone is treated equal in this country and that America remains strong with it's constitution backing us up in every way that it was meant to be.

Jun. 26 2013 09:41 PM

I truly hope that this poor women who lost her spouse is treated as any spouse should be. They built a live together just as any married couple and deserve to be given all the rights hetorosexual couples have. As the sister and mother of gay family members I pray for this women and my loved ones to be free to live their lives as open and unafraid to love that all humans have the right to.

Jul. 18 2012 11:32 PM
Marlon / Sang Morrison

Yes I understand about the Gay about the Windsor, My lover and best friend of 16 years he is now dying from Bone Cancer and his sister is trying to take over, I feel like if he should die I'm am left out of everything, he left a Will but who to say she will carry it out. I have no money to hire an Lawyer or Attorney but I am his Care giver I'm with him 24 hours and 7 days a week she only come once a week that's to putt together his medication box I can do that myself really, and other than that she not here at all she calls him saying she love him, never say Thank you to me. Acts as if this what I am suppose to do first of all let me sstart off by saying we a interracial couple he is 66 year ole white man and i'M A 49 Year old man. We love each other and there is nothing we won't do for each other. Before he came sick we use to live in the Bay Area never need anyone to do for us, him and his siter didn't really talk too much then we move to Washington where he start getting sick but we had a good medical Provider but His sister and her Daughter no longer spoke to each other and She also the daughter lived in Spokane and so the sister decided to ask her brother to move here to Los Angeles area so they could be close together and after we found out that he is dying from Cancer and he left her over his legal file but he also left me things as well like everything inside the home and also money as well but since she is over everything I feel that she is not going to carry out his wishes. I need some one to talk me through this matter, I can't explain too much on here I would love to tell more to some one who are willing to listen and give me some legal advice on this matter. ThanK yOU --- My E-mail is

Jul. 18 2012 11:12 PM

I guess the NYC officials know a piece of sh** when they see one!

Jun. 21 2012 10:23 AM

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