United States v. Windsor (2013)

Definition - What does United States v. Windsor (2013) mean?

United States v. Windsor set federal precedent by determining that it was unlawful under the Defense of Marriage Act to state that spouses must be heterosexual.

The Supreme Court held that such an act was against the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Justipedia explains United States v. Windsor (2013)

After this court ruling, it became necessary for states to recognize lawful marriages that were made in other countries as valid in the U.S. as well.

The basis of this case was two women marrying in Canada and then moving to the U.S., where thereafter one spouse died. The IRS forced the surviving spouse to pay inheritance tax in line with a non-spouse. The surviving spouse sued the government and won the right to be recognized as the lawful spouse of the deceased.

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