Another court has ruled part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional: Buzzfeed is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled Windsor v. the United States, which challenged Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional.
Edie Windsor (far right) was forced to pay $363,000 in estate taxes after the passing of her partner of 46 years, Thea Spyer, in 2009. The two were legally married in Toronto in 2007 and their union was recognized in New York when the state began recognizing same-sex marriages from outside the state in 2008.
A federal judge ruled in favor of Windsor back in June, but the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group appealed that decision. At that time, Windsor said, “Thea and I shared our lives together for 44 years, and I miss her each and every day. It’s thrilling to have a court finally recognize how unfair it is for the government to have treated us as though we were strangers.”