DOMA Plaintiff: 'Spectacular' Day for Me

Edith Windsor, 83, thinks things went well in court
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2013 7:05 PM CDT

The 83-year-old woman at the center of today's arguments about gay marriage before the Supreme Court offered a more human side to the debate in comments afterward. Edith Windsor recalled suffering from "broken heart syndrome" when her longtime partner died, reports the Huffington Post. She also called marriage a "magic word," adding, "For anybody who doesn't understand why we want it and why we need it—it is magic." Windsor sounded hopeful that the court will strike down DOMA and that she'll get back the $363,000 in estate taxes she says had to pay unfairly. (She may be right: The justices sounded skeptical about the federal law.)

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