Edie Windsor Shares Her Story

Last night at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Edie Windsor shared her story about her fight for marriage equality in discussion with Roberta Kaplan, her lawyer who won her federal case, and comedian Judy Gold, who moderated the event.

Translating the 44-year love story, one that Justice Ginsburg described as “a great partnership,” into a legal case intended to dismantle DOMA was Kaplan’s biggest challenge. Having worked on marriage equality cases since 1994, she knew that Windsor “[couldn’t] sue the federal government on principle.” Instead, the case had to be about taxes—specifically, the $363,000 that Windsor was taxed solely because her marital union was same-sex.

“I told Edie she couldn’t talk about sex,” Kaplan admitted to the audience. Focusing on the economic discrimination ensured support from fiscal conservatives, which Windsor’s team widely received in the myriad of amicus briefs filed on their behalf.

(Windsor, however, was determined to talk about sex later during the discussion, when she told a fantastic tale about how she only fully realized she was gay after meeting Thea. She couldn’t know for sure, she said, because she “was surrounded by Freudians” who discredited lesbianism by claiming that “you can’t really come unless you come vaginally.”)

Continued on AfterEllen…

It’s true!

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Lesbians always arrive early.

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Minnesotans, you know what to do.

More gay snacks!

It’s not just a matter of head - it’s a matter of heart. It’s who I am. It’s what I care about.

President Obama, let’s do the damn thing!