Legal Case: Thea V. Windsor

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Since the 1970’s people have been going to court to ask the government to legalize gay marriage. From the cases in 1970’s like Loving v. Virginia and the more recent cases like United States v. Edith Windsor. In this case, Windsor and Thea were a same sex couple who were married in Canada, but they lived in New York which recognized their marriage. After Thea passed away, the estate was left with Windsor. Under federal law their marriage was not recognized, so Windsor was asked to pay taxes on the estate. If their marriage was legal, Windsor would not have to pay any taxes. The result was 5-4 for Windsor and she won the case. This case was a game changer because it made the federal government re-evaluate same sex couple marriages. In the 2015
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