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Civil Rights 50 Years Later: The Day DOMA Was Defeated

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Over two weeks, WCBS 880′s Wayne Cabot is taking a look at the law and its impact on the decades that follow.

It is all part of the event CBS News 50 Years Later – Civil Rights, powered by Microsoft Bing Pulse.

One year shy of the act’s 50th anniversary, Edie Windsor, an 84-year-old computer technician from New York, became the face of the gay community’s push for marriage equality.

On June 26, 2013, the Supereme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to make Windsor pay estate taxes on the money her partner of 44 years left her when she died in 2009. The couple had been married in Canada.

The justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Defense of Marriage Act violated basic due process.

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Civil Rights 50 Years Later: The Day DOMA Was Defeated

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Wayne Cabot reports

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