“In the midst of my grief I realized that the federal government was treating us as strangers,” Windsor said. “I paid a humongous estate tax. And it means selling a lot of stuff to do it, and it wasn’t easy.”
She also noted during the news conference that she did not wear a wedding ring when she and Spyer became engaged because she had not come out of the closet.
“I am today an out lesbian who just sued the United States of America, which is kind of overwhelming for me,” Windsor said.
She added she remains optimistic the justices will rule in her favor.
“I think it’s going to be good,” Windsor said.
Defense of Marriage Act challenger Edith Windsor on the steps of the Supreme Court (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
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