A lawsuit brought by an East End woman and decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 was a key forerunner of its landmark decision last month ruling same-sex marriage a constitutional right.
That ruling came as a “long-awaited bookend” to the earlier decision in United States v. Windsor, reported National Public Radio.
Windsor is Edith “Edie” Windsor. In her case the Supreme Court held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s interpretation of “marriage” and “spouse” to apply only to heterosexual unions was a violation of the Due Process Clause of our Constitution. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in both the Windsor case and the ruling making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states. (more…)