The Eight-Day Week
So many awards and accolades are given to the young. Tonight, Jewish Home Lifecare honors elders in a wide range of fields at its Eight Over Eighty benefit gala, including Sopranos star Dominic Chianese and activist Edie Windsor (who brought the fight for same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court—you can thank her for the Read More
DOMA IN A COMA
Hundreds of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s supporters gathered outside the Stonewall Inn this evening to rally in support of the woman who is vying to be the first female and openly gay mayor.
Just four days before the primary, Ms. Quinn is increasingly pointing to the historic nature of her candidacy. The local LGBT officials, minor celebrities and gay rights activists assembled to tout that very point, trying to boost Ms. Quinn’s once front-running campaign as it sags the polls.
While the Supreme Court decision went Edie Windsor’s way Wednesday, there are still a few lingering questions.
Can Ms. Windsor get the $363,053 she paid for her widow’s estate back?
The IRS isn’t saying. But according to her attorney’s law firm, the answer is yes.
“Every penny,” Roberta Kaplan, who has represented Read More
Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the case that lead the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, formally endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tonight during a jubilant celebration rally in front of the historic Stonewall Inn.
“I wasn’t going to announce who I was going to endorse until a decision was made … and it’s Christine Quinn!” said Ms. Windsor of the woman who–if elected–would become the city’s first female and openly gay mayor.
Edie Windsor is used to waiting. Ms. Windsor was engaged for 40 years before her 2007 Canadian wedding to Thea Spyer. The pair waited 30 years to apply to be domestic partners, under a New York City law introduced in the 1990s. Now Ms. Windsor, 83, is waiting for the Supreme Court to decide whether to hear her challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, with a decision expected Monday morning.
Ms. Windsor is requesting a refund of the $363,053 in estate taxes that she paid to the IRS after being left all of Ms. Spyer’s property when she died in 2009. Had the pair been classified as married, Ms. Windsor would have been able to inherit the property shielded from taxes. Instead she was classified as if they had no relation to each other.
Ms. Windsor’s case has the potential to help strike down the definition of marriage in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, where it is defined as between a man and a woman. If she wins, the federal government will recognize the marriages of same sex couples in states where gay marriage is already legal, resolving a currently conflicting definition between the federal and state governments. The district court decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging California’s Proposition 8 that prohibited gay marriage, declared a broader right to gay marriage, but SCOTUS is viewed as more likely to take Windsor.
“I’ve been asked, how would I feel if we win?” said Windsor. “What would that mean? It would mean everything. The beginning of the end of the stigma.”