Slide Present: Edith Windsor and the Finish of DOMA

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on broad equal-protection grounds. This decision, which might very well reframe the way an entire country thinks about the institution, comes thanks in large part to one woman: Edith Windsor, who, at eighty-three, was the plaintiff in the case that challenged the law. Below, a slide show featuring important moments in Windsor’s life—not just those before the nation’s highest court but also scenes from the forty-two-year-long love story she shared with her wife, Thea Spyer, who died in 2009. (Amy Davidson and Richard Socarides both have written about Windsor’s life and court battle.)

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