Had federal law recognized the validity of their marriage, Windsor would have qualified for an unlimited spousal deduction and paid no federal estate taxes.In May 2008, New York Governor David Paterson had ordered state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.On November 9, 2010, Windsor sued the federal government in the U. District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking a refund because DOMA singled out legally married same-sex couples for "differential treatment compared to other similarly situated couples without justification." On February 23, 2011, U. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice would not defend the constitutionality of Section 3 in Windsor. Supreme Court to review the decision, and the Court issued a writ of certiorari in December 2012. The decision effectively allowed same-sex marriages in that state to resume after the court ruled that the proponents of the initiative lacked Article III standing to appeal in federal court based on its established interpretation of the case or controversy clause.On April 18, 2011, Paul Clement, representing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), intervened to defend the law. Jones ruled that Section 3 of DOMA was unconstitutional under the due process guarantees of the Fifth Amendment affirmed the district court's judgment on October 18, 2012. After Spyer's death in 2009, Windsor was required to pay 3,053 in federal estate taxes on her inheritance of her wife's estate.
She was barred from doing so by Section 3 of DOMA (codified at 1 U. The Internal Revenue Service found that the exemption did not apply to same-sex marriages, denied Windsor's claim, and compelled her to pay 3,053 in estate taxes. Perry—a case related to California's constitutional amendment initiative barring same-sex marriage.
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Later in 2008, New York recognized their marriage following a court decision.
Spyer died at the age of 77 in 2009, leaving her entire estate to Windsor.