This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The ladies got engaged in 1967 and for 40 years they stayed near-secretly engaged, finally marrying in Canada in 2007. After Thea died, Edie was hit with $600,000 in taxes, because the U.S. government did not recognize her same-sex marriage as valid. By ruling DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court affirmed the right for gay couples to have their marriages recognized on the federal level.
In December, when Edie Windsor was declared a runner-up for TIME magazine’s Person Of The Year, she appeared in a mini-documentary on Time.com. A lovely quote from Edie’s interview — “I think the truth is if you really care about the quality of somebody’s life as much as you care about the quality of your own, you have it made” — is now appearing on tote bags, pillows and prints as part of the Brain Pickings Artist Series. Artist Debbie Millman is donating 100 percent of all proceeds from her products on the site Society6 to SAGE, a nonprofit that supports LGBTQ senior citizens. Love it! [Brain Pickings]