Edith Windsor addresses a news conference at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become th

 

              Edith Windsor addresses a news conference at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York,  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become th
Edith Windsor addresses a news conference at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become the second in the nation to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The ruling came in a case brought by Windsor. She sued the government in November 2010 because she was told to pay $363,053 in federal estate tax after her partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. They had married in Canada in 2007.. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)