By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
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(CNN) – The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Edie Windsor is taking her fight to change that definition to the Supreme Court.
When her spouse died in 2009 she was handed an estate tax bill that a heterosexual widow would not have to pay.
[1:36] “I brought my case against the government because I couldn’t believe that our government would charge me $350,000 because I was married to a woman and not to a man.”
Here case is being heard in the Supreme Court this week as gay rights advocates push to make same sex marriage legal across the country.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says the tide is changing.
[3:23] “Does the federal government have the right to put same sex couples and straight couples into separate legal categories? Is there a legal basis on which to do that and that’s becoming harder, harder to answer yes.”