There were tears of joy for Edith Windsor this morning as she learned SCOTUS ruled in her favor in United States v. Windsor, effectively destroying the Defense of Marriage Act by declaring it unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment.
The New Yorker celebrated alongside Windsor this morning at the apartment of Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued the successful appeal, where the room reportedly “exploded in screams and sobs when the ruling came down.”
Kaplan’s first post-win phone call was to her mother, whom she told “Total victory, Mom. It couldn’t be better. I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” She then called a friend and said “Please get married right away!”
Shortly after 11am, Windsor received a phone call from President Obama and ever-so-humbly thanked him for his support. Via New Yorker:
“Kaplan picked up the phone and gave it to Windsor. “Hello, who am I talking to?” Windsor said. “Oh, Barack Obama? I wanted to thank you. I think your coming out for us made such a difference throughout the country.”
Congratulations, Edith! You may be the Badass of the Week right now, but your badass-ness will live on forever.
[Images via New Yorker]