From Yahoo! News:
The case that changed Obama’s mind on DOMA
The Obama administration announced last week that it will no longer defend in court a part of the Defense of Marriage Act that forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.
One widow’s story was one of two cases pending in federal courts cited in the announcement of President Obama’s decision, Bloomberg reports.
Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer were together for more than 40 years when Spyer died in 2009. Not longer after her partner’s death, Windsor received a $363,053 federal tax bill–a liability that she would not have faced had the federal government recognized their union…
…Windsor is suing for the tax money back from the federal government, and the Obama administration has effectively decided she’s right by dropping its defense. The administration will continue to enforce the law unless it is struck down by the courts or Congress.
Of course — if you believe the Reverend Runion, the Reverend Phelps, Shirley Roper Phelps, Don Yelton, Mayor Bellamy and the North Carolina Republican Party — Thea Spyer is rotting in the pits of Hell right now for violating God’s law and Edith Windsor is entitled to nothing because the Bible clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Because who are we to question the Word of the Lord?