Monday, October 3, 2016

The Matriarch Marries

She helped make it possible for gay people in this country to get married. Now she's gone and done it herself.


Unless you've been living on a ring of Saturn, you know one of the landmark court cases leading to marriage equality was United States v. Windsor.  In 2013, 84-year-old Edie Windsor went to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue DOMA discriminated against her marriage to the late Thea Spyer.  In a 5-4 decision, the Supremes drop-kicked DOMA.

Windsor was runner-up for the 2013 Time Person of the Year.  Pope Francis edged her out, maybe because he has a friend in a certain high place.

Windsor and Spyer were together over four decades, and got legally married near the end.  Now Windsor has decided to take another marriage spin.  On Sept. 26 she wed Judith Kasen.

Windsor is 87, Kasen is 51.  Windsor's feisty enough to go to the Supreme Court; she's feisty enough to enter into a marriage with that kind of age difference.

For her part, Kasen has wed the woman Time called "the matriarch of the gay-rights movement."  I don't know if there are rules for marrying a matriarch, but I'm guessing it involves breakfast in bed.