Edie Windsor, 81, Sues Feds For Not Recognizing Her Gay Marriage

GREENWICH VILLAGE -- Eighty-one-year old Edith "Edie" Windsor spent almost half her life living in Greenwich Village with her partner, who she married three years ago. 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.