Edie, Thea, and the End of DOMA

Thea Spyer and Edie Windsor

I would be remiss to let this month–June, Pride month–and this historic week pass without paying at least some small tribute to the Edie Windsor, the Stonewall rioters, the plaintiffs of Prop 8, the majority opinions of the Supreme Court, and every person, activist or otherwise, that brought us to where we are today–where we weren’t just earlier this week. If you haven’t heard the story of Edie Windsor, who brought the case before SCOTUS, and her late wife Thea Spyer, Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement is available for streaming on Netflix.

DOMAFor those same-sex couples who are or want to be married in the US, and deserve equal protection, rights, benefits, and responsibilities of legal recognition, this decision was immediately life-changing. But even for those of us who aren’t or don’t want to be married, the end of DOMA and Prop 8 means a step closer to equality, a step farther away from being fired for being gay, being evicted, or being threatened in the street because you’re holding hands with the person you love. And I was ecstatic to be able to sit in the court earlier this year for a few moments of the DOMA case, and to stand outside cheering Wednesday as the rulings came down.

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