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The United States Supreme Court Will Decide on Gay Marriage
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The United States Supreme Court Will Decide on Gay Marriage


 

By VOA
16 December, 2012

From VOA Learning English, welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in Special English. I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.

And I'm Christopher Cruise.

This week on our program, we talk about the issue of gay marriage. We also talk about the word "homophobia," which means an unreasonable fear or dislike of, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.

And, we introduce you to a new star at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History that might shine brighter than the Hope Diamond.

Edie Windsor and her wife, Thea Spyer, were a couple for 42 years. They were married in 2007 in Canada, which recognizes same-sex marriage. Ms. Windsor and Ms. Spyer shared an apartment and a house in New York. When Ms. Spyer died a few years ago, Ms. Windsor received the property. But she had to pay about $360,000 in taxes.

Heterosexual couples do not have to pay federal inheritance taxes on property if a husband or a wife dies. But under federal law the government considers Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer to have been just friends.

Ms. Windsor says that law is not fair.

"I look forward to the day when the federal government will recognize the marriages of all Americans. And I am hoping that will happen during my lifetime."

On December 7, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. Lower courts have agreed with Ms. Windsor. They said the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. That law is called the Defense of Marriage Act — or DOMA. Congress passed it and former president Bill Clinton signed it into law in 1996.

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