The Pros And Cons Of Same Sex Marriage

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“What does love mean to you?” Edie Windsor asked. It meant the world to her, so much that she stood up to the United States to recognize her marriage like others, and not differently because her and her partner are the same sex. Under federal tax law, a spouse who dies can leave her assets, for example family home, to the other spouse without incurring estate taxes. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer shared their lives together. They were in engaged for 40 years, and finally got married in Canada in May 2007. Two years later, Thea passed away, after living decades with multiple sclerosis. When Thea died the government refused to recognize their marriage and taxed Edie’s inheritance from Thea as though they were strangers. Thea left her estate to her spouse, and because their marriage was not recognized by the federal government, the government imposed $363,000 in taxes. New York recognized their marriage, but because of the “Defense Marriage Act” the federal government refuses to treat same sex marriages, like Edie and Thea, the same way as other married couples. On November 9th, 2010 Windsor filed a suit in district court seeking a change in the ¨Defense Marriage Act¨. At the time the government's position is to defend the D.O.M.A (defense marriage act). On February 23rd, 2011 the President and the Attorney of General changed their position and decided to not defend the Defense Marriage Act. The government denied the motion, and then the Defense Marriage Act became
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