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For Immediate Release

September 7, 2012

SAGE Files a Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Support of Edie Windsor's DOMA Challenge

[New York, NY] Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), joined by National Senior Citizens Law Center and American Society on Aging, are among more than fifteen parties that plan to file briefs today in support of Edith "Edie" Windsor's constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Groups filing in support of Windsor include New York City, three states, members of Congress, civil rights groups and religious organizations. Windsor, a longtime supporter of SAGE, is a SAGE Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree and former board member.

After the death of her spouse Thea Spyer, Windsor was forced to pay more than $360,000 in estate taxes that she would not have had to pay had she been married to a man instead of a woman. Windsor sued the federal government for failing to recognize her marriage. She is represented by attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; the American Civil Liberties Union; the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

In June, a federal district judge in New York ruled in Windsor's favor that section three of DOMA does "not pass constitutional muster." Today's briefs were filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which will hear arguments in the case on Sept. 27.

Windsor recently petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to hear her case as well. The Court has yet to announce whether it will hear this case or any other challenge to DOMA.

A full list of parties filing briefs can be found here.

For more information on this case, please visit

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 29 local SAGE affiliates in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at and

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