Love through the years

Updated 9:26 AM ET, Thu March 28, 2013
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Edith (Edie) Windsor, on the right, holds hands with Thea Clara Spyer the day of their wedding, after 40 years together, on May 22, 2007. By then, Spyer was suffering from multiple sclerosis and could move only one finger. Courtesy Edith Windsor
In this photo taken in the 1960s, Thea Spyer, left, poses with Edith Windsor at The Cloisters, in Washington Heights, New York City. Courtesy Edith Windsor
Thea Spyer, left, and Edie Windsor were together for 42 years until Thea's death in 2009. Courtesy Edith Windsor
Edie and Thea dress for Halloween sometime in the 1980s, years before they really got married in Toronto, Canada, in 2007. Thea was in a wheelchair because of her MS. Courtesy Edith Windsor
Thea and Edie age gracefully together. Courtesy Edith Windsor
Edie, seen outside the Supreme Court building, was required to pay $363,000 more in estate taxes than she would have had to pay if the federal government recognized her 2007 marriage to Thea. REUTERS /EDUARDO MUNOZ /LANDOV
Edie acknowledges her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27 after arguments in her case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images