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Celebrating Marriage Equality

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 by teamlpac

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All About Edie

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by teamlpac

Did you tune in to the live coverage of Edie Windsor’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging DOMA, the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act”? We did!

 

Edie’s case is hugely important, because it could result in the federal government recognizing all legal marriages–including marriages of gay and lesbian couples, in places like New Hampshire, Iowa, New York…anywhere marriage equality is legal. While we won’t know what the decision is until June, we’re cheering Edie on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edie met her wife Thea Spyer after moving to New York City. How did they meet? Edie explained to the New York Times that she asked a friend: “If you know where the lesbians are, please take me.” Her friend took her to Greenwhich Village, where she met Thea. Both of their lives changed forever. They fell in love.

 

 

Edie and Thea created a life together.

 

In 1967, on a trip to the countryside, Thea proposed to Edie.  Edie said yes! Thea gave Edie a gorgeous broach, fearing that a wedding ring would cause too much unwanted attention from coworkers she wasn’t out to. Like most couples, they planned on an engagement. What they didn’t plan was how long their engagement would be. Forty years!! For forty years, Edie and Thea took care of each other, shared a home, and were a family. They went through many ups and downs, including Thea’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and all the complications and hardships the health condition brought to their lives.

 

Finally, in 2007, the couple treked to Canada for their legal wedding ceremony. One year later, the State of New York began recognizing out-of-state legal marriages for same-sex couples. Edie and Thea’s marriage was finally a reality in their home, but still not recognized by the federal government. When Thea passed away after her decades-long battle with MS, Edie was saddled with immense hardships that wouldn’t have been the case if she were heterosexual and married. Why? Because of DOMA, the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act,” the federal government didn’t recognize their marriage.

Soon after, Edie was in touch with Roberta Kalpan, an accomplished attorney and partner at Paul Weiss. Roberta knew Edie had a case. They’ve now made their way all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court! Because of Edie and Roberta’s perserverence, life for all gay and lesbian couples could change forever. The Court is expected to issue a decision in June.

 

We’re cheering on Edie and Roberta. They’re two women who inspire us here at LPAC. And in the meantime, we are doing what we can to also change life for lesbians, all women, and our allies. We’re working toward a world where we have a true seat at the table in politics and policy matters. A world where lesbian values are at the forefront. A world that supports a win for Edie Windsor! 

 

Let’s do this!

-Sarah Schmidt

Chair, LPAC

Supreme Court update

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by teamlpac

As I told you yesterday, this is a big week for marriage equality! Let’s recap. What happened today? What’s on the docket for tomorrow? And how can you get involved?

Today: The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative eliminating the right to marry in California. What’s on the line? The freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. What’s the status? The American Foundation for Equal Rights brought together a great team of lawyers, Ted Olson and David Boies, who today did a tremendous job arguing that all couples should have the freeom to marry. The Court is expected to issue a decision in June.

Tomorrow: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear U.S. v. Windsor, the case of Edie Windsor, which challenges DOMA, the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act.” What’s on the line? Federal recognition of legal marriages between same-sex couples. What’s the status? You can watch coverge on C-SPAN online all day, with an audio feed of the argument slated to post by 2pm. We’ll be tuning in!

Get involved: Join LPAC online (Facebook & Twitter) as we follow these critical Supreme Court cases!

Onward toward DOMA tomorrow!
-Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC

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Tomorrow

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by teamlpac

Tomorrow and Wednesday are big days! The Supreme Court will hear two important cases about marriage for same-sex couples. Our community will be challenging the freedom to marry, and federal recognition of marriage. Huge!

 

What does this mean? I want to introduce you to Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Edie and Thea were together for over 40 years. Edie and Thea were legally married, recognized in their home state of New York. But when Thea passed away after decades of battling MS, Edie was left without many of benefits that heterosexual couples take for granted. Why? DOMA, the anti-gay, so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.”

 

Edie’s case against DOMA will be heard by the court this week. Edie has the chance to change marriage for gay and lesbian couples forever.

Like never before, this week proves just how much the Supreme Court matters. The President nominates Supreme Court Justices, and the Senate confirms them. I’m so proud that LPAC was able to help re-elect President Obama last year. The President has appointed the most diverse Supreme Court Justices in history, including Elena Kagen and Sonia Sotomayor. With your help, LPAC will continue to help elect strong pro-women, pro-lesbian candidates and help influence big decisions of monumental importance to our community.

 

Edie’s case, along with the Prop 8 case also being heard by the Court this week, is an amazing opportunity for lesbians, our families, and our allies to win equality in a way we never have before. Thank you for supporting LPAC’s work. Thank you for helping us influence big decisions.
Arguments begin tomorrow!
-Sarah Schmidt
Chair, LPAC
PS: We’ll be keeping you updated on the latest news out of the Supreme Court, so connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.  And keep an eye out for email updates from me!

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