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The Economic Closet: The Business Case for Gay Marriage

Edith Windsor of New York sued to be treated as a surviving spouse.
Three hundred sixty-three thousand and fifty-three dollars was the amount that Edith Windsor was assessed in federal estate taxes when her wife, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. Zero dollars, everyone agrees, would have been the amount she owed if the federal government had recognized their marriage, as the state of New York already did.

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