The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and of California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, and the cases could have tax ramifications.
The high court granted certiorari to the two cases on Friday. The court will hear arguments in both United States v. Windsor, which challenges the constitutionality of DOMA, and of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges Prop. 8. In the Windsor case, the petitioner, Edith Schlain Windsor, claimed that she overpaid estate taxes after the death of her longtime partner. In 2007, she married Thea Spyer, her same-sex partner of more than 40 years, in Canada. The couple resided in New York.
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