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New Yorker married in Canada sues U.S. after DOMA blocks tax benefits

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“I think it’s going to be good,” said Edie Windsor.

83-year-old Edie Windsor of New York City is suing the United States. Windsor is challenging the Defense of Marriage Act that prevents same-sex married couples from receiving federal financial benefits. A case that is helping to re-ignite a movement for same sex marriage. Edie was billed for estate taxes when her wife Thea Spyer passed away.

In court, justices seemed skeptical of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA.

On the same day, here in New York City, Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz, Jr. decided to come out in support of same sex marriage. He voted against it in 2007.

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83 year-old Edie Windsor of New York City is suing the United States. Windsor is challenging the Defense of Marriage Act that prevents same-sex married couples from receiving federal financial benefits.

His father State Senator Reuben Diaz voted against same sex marriage in New York on the day it became legal.

On NBC’s “The Today Show”, anchor Jenna Wolf announced she’s expecting a baby with fiance NBC’s Stephanie Gosk.
The couple also gave an interview to People Magazine.

Supporters of the Defense of Marriage Act said in court that it protects the institution of marriage.

Windsor admitted that just a few years ago, she never would have spoken about her sexuality, now she’s standing on the steps of the Supreme Court.

The decisions on the Same Sex marriage cases may not come down for several months. The Court heard challenges to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.