Federal lawsuit challenges Defense of Marriage Act and seeks refund of estate taxes paid by same-sex widow: FREE DOWNLOAD - Complaint

Edith "Edie" Windsor, who, in 2007, married the late Thea Spyer in Canada, recently sued the federal government, challenging the payment of more than $350,000 in federal taxes on Spyer's estate - fees that heterosexual widows are generally exempt from. The lawsuit challenges the Defense of Marriage Act's (DOMA) constitutionality, which defines marriage for all federal purposes as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. The estate tax marital deduction, which is available when the surviving spouse is of the opposite sex, was unavailable to Windsor, who is seeking to have DOMA declared unconstitutional and to obtain a tax refund.

More information can be found at ACLU.org: Video: Edie Windsor and ACLU Challenge Defense of Marriage Act and Bereaved Spouse Challenges "Defense Of Marriage Act" As Unconstitutional

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Attachment: COMPLAINT, Windsor v. US, 10-8435, SDNY.pdf