Meet Edie Windsor, the 83-Year-Old Woman Behind the Gay Marriage Ruling

Photo by: Bless Bless Productions
The couple's wedding, along with the story of their four-decade romance, was captured in a documentary, "Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement," by filmmakers Susan ... more 
Photo by: Bless Bless Productions
The couple's wedding, along with the story of their four-decade romance, was captured in a documentary, "Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement," by filmmakers Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. Windsor and Spyer met in the West Village in the 1960s.
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Wed, Jun 26, 2013 4:12 PM EDT
"Windsor v. the United States" is the name of the Supreme Court case that wound up striking down the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday. But who is Windsor? She's Edie Windsor, 83, who had the gumption to challenge a hefty bill she received for federal estate taxes after the 2009 death of her soul mate, Thea Spyer. Shortly before Spyer's death, the couple married in Toronto--a long-awaited journey, as they had already been together for 41 years. But the U.S. government didn't recognize the union because of the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. She fought it. And the rest, as they say, is history.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff