Once again, it was announced June 6, 2012 by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones of the Southern District of New York, that the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA is unconstitutional.
She was speaking in the case of Windsor v. U.S. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together since 1963, registered as domestic partners in New York in 1993 and married in Canada in 2007. Spyer died two years later. This prompted Windsor to pay $353,000 in federal estate taxes. That amount would have been exempt had they been a married heterosexual couple.
Judge Jones stated that Section 3 of DOMA didn’t pass constitutional muster and awarded Windsor the amount she had paid plus interest, and costs allowed by law.