The Civil Rights Division and DOJ Pride will cosponsor a screening of the documentary film “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” followed by a conversation with Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the DOJ Conference Center (Room 7411, RFK Main Justice Building).
“Edie & Thea” is the story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, two New York women, whose 42-year relationship spanned the history of the American gay rights movement. When Edie first met Thea in the early 60’s, a lesbian relationship might risk family connections, safety, friendships, employment, and housing. Nearly half a century later, Edie and Thea were legally married in Canada. After Thea’s death in 2009 from complications of multiple sclerosis, Edie was forced to pay estate taxes on Thea’s estate because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits the United States government from recognizing their marriage. Edie filed suit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA; her case is to be argued before the Supreme Court in March 2013.
Following the film, Mr. Wolfson, a civil rights lawyer and leading architect of the national freedom to marry movement, will answer questions about the history, current state, and future of the freedom to marry movement in the United States. All employees are welcome.