“It’s a wonderful day for America.” – David Boies
At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court.
But the Philadelphia-born former IBM executive scoffs at how much gumption was necessary to go to court at a time when societal views of gay relationships are shifting.
“The world has progressed,” Windsor says. “At the beginning of World War II, they really did think we had horns.”
Windsor’s lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan is one of two that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Dec. 7 when it announced it would hear arguments over California’s ban on same-sex unions and Windsor’s dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples.
This is absolutely great news, liberating news.
There is no harm to my marriage if two women or two men find the same delight in the tangled, difficult, always challenging, wonderfully thrilling and sexually gratifying union called marriage.
In a split, 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has changed sexual discrimination forever, in a very important way, as far as I see it.
“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.” [Huffington Post]
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013