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81-Year-Old Philly Native Edith Windsor to Make History with Gay Marriage Rights Lawsuit

March 3, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA -- It's been a long road for 81-year-old Philadelphia native Edith Windsor, who's gone from would-be housewife in Philadelphia, to gay rights activist in New York, to wife of fellow New York woman Thea Spyer, to national figurehead in a recent Supreme Court case for gay marriage rights.

In "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement," a documentary available now from Philadelphia film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures, Windsor and Spyer recount their decades-long relationship. The film chronicles from the time the two women met and fell in love 1960s Greenwich Village, through Spyer's battle against multiple sclerosis, to their wedding in Toronto in 2007, and ultimately till Spyer passed away in 2009.

But Windsor's struggles didn't end when the cameras stopped rolling. After Spyer's death, the U.S. government dismissed the couple's marriage and treated Windsor as if she were a stranger to Spyer, landing her with a $350,000 tax on Spyer's estate. Windsor swiftly responded by teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union last November to issue a lawsuit to challenge the Fed's definition of marriage.

Now, in response to Windsor's case, the Justice Department has announced that it will no longer defend in court Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Department's decision marks a significant milestone in the ongoing gay rights movement, and a personal coup for Windsor in her fight to restore the status of her marriage to Spyer.

For more information on "Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement," including screeners, final DVDs and interviews with Edith Windsor or directors Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir, please contact: Justin@bgpics.com.

"Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement" is available on DVD at Edie-and-Thea-A-Very-Long-Engagement-853937002476.htm. Enter code EDIEANDTHEA during checkout to purchase the title for $12.99.

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