145 House Democrats File Amicus Brief Denouncing DOMA

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    Sep 08, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    Today, 145 House Democrats signed onto an amicus brief denouncing DOMA as unconstitutional. The amicus brief was in support of Edie Windsor, in the case of Edith Schlain Windsor v. United States of America.

    “Edith ‘Edie’ Windsor, 83, a constituent of Rep. Nadler’s in New York City, challenged DOMA in court after the federal government taxed her more than $363,000 when her spouse, Thea Spyer, passed away in 2009,” a press release from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi‘s office, explaining the amicus brief, reads. “Edie and Thea first met in 1963 and married in 2007 after an engagement that lasted more than 40 years. Yet, when Thea died, the federal government treated them as complete strangers because of DOMA, significantly reducing Edie’s inheritance by depriving her of the marital deduction that otherwise allows a married couple to pass property to the surviving spouse without tax penalty.”


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    Sep 08, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    The 145 names. Is your congressperson on it? Both my current one (Gary Peters) and the one who will become my new congressperson (Sander Levin) when the district changes in January are on the list.

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