Story of the 83-Year-Old Woman Fighting for Marriage Equality Will Make it Rain on your Face

Last week, a federal appeals court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it's a big steaming pile of hateful crap that discriminates against same sex couples. While there are several DOMA-challenging suits currently making their way through the peristalsis of the legal system, the the woman behind the latest, (and arguably the biggest) case is 83-year-old Edie Windsor. Not only will her story inspire the shit out of you, her sunny can-do attitude will make you feel like a jerk for getting really mad about not being able to find clean socks this morning. Blessings, hope you're ready to be counted.

Windsor and her partner Thea Spyer met and fell in love in the 1960's and were engaged for more than 40 years before they were legally married in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died in New York in 2009, Windsor was left with a more than $300,000 estate tax bill, because federal law defined marriage as a legal entanglement between one man and one woman. Rather than just taking it quietly, Windsor sued. I know this is a pretty marriage equality-friendly crowd here, but seeing her on film sharply humanizes the struggle for and reinforces the urgency of marriage equality. This shit affects real people! Real, amazing people!

Now if you'll excuse me, my eyes are leaking.

[h/t RHReality Check]

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Now, I happen to think she should be losing a lot of that money in taxes...but that's because tax laws need some serious reform, and not because her marriage should not be recognized as valid, because it is!