Taxes, and a Marriage Unrecognized

“She Waited 40 Years to Marry, Then When Her Wife Died, the Tax Bill Came.” I mean, with a headline like that, how could you not read this story? Edith Windsor, the lovely 83-year-old woman featured in the article, had to pay $500,000 in estate taxes after her wife died, due to the Defense of Marriage Act, which did not recognize her relationship with the woman she loved for 40 years. Hopefully, our children will read these stories in the archives one day, and think about how crazy our laws once were.


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