Two women then resident in New York were married in a lawful ceremony in Ontario, Canada, in 2007. Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer returned to their home in New York City
Edith Windsor, the Plaintiff in this case, married Thea Spyer in 2007 after 40 years of romantic partnership. Windsor and Spyer were both residents of New York but they married in Toronto, Ontario because New York did not yet allow same-sex marriages. Canada’s first openly gay judge, Justice Harvey Brownstone, officiated. Windsor had first suggested engagement in 1965.
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