Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Love, Restos and History: How Dinner Led to the Supreme Court

In a time when most of the young people I know are marrying for immigration, insurance or other very practical reasons, it is a pleasure to read a story of true love that has reached the US Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, the lovers are gay:  Edie Windsor and Thea Speyer met one Friday in the Portofino restaurant in New York, and the rest is history.

The facts are practical, however, because the law usually is very practical.  Edie  is challenging the US Defense of Marriage Act, charging that because her Canadian marriage to  the late Thea  is not recognized because it was between two people of the same sex, she was forced to pay inheritance taxes. That's them to the right, taken from  promotion for a documentary "Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement which will be shown tomorrow night  March 28, in at the New Parkway Theatre, 474 24th St., Oakland, CA. at 6 p.m.

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