DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor endorses Christine Quinn

Edith Windsor is pictured here at an event in October 2012, after a federal appeals court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. She is wearing a pin her wife gave her when she proposed in 1967. They married in Toronto in 2007. (Credit: Miles Dixon.)
Edith Windsor is putting her political clout to use in New York’s mayoral race. Credit: Miles Dixon

On the same day that the Supreme Court rejected the Defense of Marriage Act, Edith Windsor announced she is endorsing Christine Quinn in the New York City mayoral race.

Windsor, the plaintiff in the case, made the announcement Wednesday evening at a West Village rally celebrating the decision.

Quinn took the stage and prepared to speak when she was interrupted by Windsor.

“I just want to say one thing: I was committed to not endorse anyone until there was a decision,” Windsor said. Hugging the speaker, she declared, “Christine Quinn!”

Windsor later told The Wall Street Journal that her announcement “definitely” amounts to an official endorsement.

Windsor, 83, sued the government after her spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. Spyer’s death left Windsor with a steep federal estate-tax bill because the federal government did not recognize their same-sex marriage.


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