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Gay Marriage Case: A Long Time Coming For Edie Windsor

Publication Date: 
December 07, 2012
USA Today
Richard Wolf

Keeping Faith with the Constitution, a book co-written by Professor Pam Karlan is mentioned in this USA Today profie on Edie Windsor who is taking her case on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor. 

After a 40-year engagement and 20 short months of marriage, Edie Windsor and her late spouse, Thea Spyer, are getting their day in court. So, too, are hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian couples.

From now until the Supreme Court decides Windsor's case in late spring or early summer, Americans will come to learn about the lesbian couple's long march toward matrimony, encumbered by Spyer's 30-year battle with multiple sclerosis and culminating in an unlikely wedding trip to Canada in 2007.


A diminutive blonde with a Betty White smile, Edie Windsor is an unlikely legal titan. On her bed are two books — Keeping Faith with the Constitution, by a trio of liberal scholars, and The Oath, by CNN's Supreme Court analyst, Jeffrey Toobin. She also reads her lawyers' drafts of briefs and sends back comments.