Gay marriage case's Edie Windsor: marriage 'magic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Edith Windsor got engaged in the 1960s to the woman who eventually became her wife she asked for a pin instead of a ring. A ring would have meant awkward questions, she said: Who is he? Where is he? And when do we meet him?

On Wednesday, the 83-year-old stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, the face of a case that could change how the U.S. government treats married gay couples. She wore a grey pants suit and her diamond engagement pin.

Windsor sued to challenge a $363,000 federal estate tax bill she got after her wife's death. Windsor said the spirit of her partner of 44 years was watching and listening Wednesday, and she called marriage a "magic word."

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