Same-sex marriage cases explained

POSTED: 11:49 AM PDT Mar 25, 2013    UPDATED: 07:53 AM PDT Jun 26, 2013 

Find out more about the Supreme Court gay marriage cases decided Wednesday and what's at stake for both sides of the debate.

Edith Windsor
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The DOMA case before the Supreme Court disputes Section 3. It was brought to the court by Edith Windsor, a New York resident who legally married her longtime partner, Thea Spyer, in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died in 2009 and left Windsor her estate, the IRS demanded Windsor pay more than $350,000 in estate taxes because the federal government didn’t recognize their marriage, according to CBS News. An opposite-sex spouse wouldn’t have had to pay taxes on that same inheritance.


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