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Edith “Edie” Windsor spent half her life living in Greenwich Village with her partner, whom she married in 2007. Now, she’s suing the federal government for failing to recognize her union with the woman she nursed through a slow death.

Windsor met Dutch-born Thea Spyer in 1963 at the Village’s Portofino restaurant. The pair got engaged in 1967 and finally married in Canada in 2007, just two years before Spyer died due to complications of a heart condition and 30-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Through her attorney Roberta Kaplan, litigating partner of Paul, Weiss, et al, along with the ACLU, Windsor filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Wednesday because she had to pay more than $350,000 in federal taxes on Spyer’s