DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor hopes that same-sex marriage will be legal across the US by 2024

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Edith Windsor, a plaintiff in the Supreme Court lawsuit which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, has said she thinks same-sex marriage will be legal across the US by 2024.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Windsor referred to a prediction by political analyst Nate Silver, that same-sex marriage would be legal in all but five states by 2020 and in all US states in 2024.

On the prediction she said: “I’d like to think he’s right.”

Mulling over the fact that it possibly takes longer for people’s attitudes to change, she said: “I think the more people have come out, the more parents have said, ‘Oh my God, it’s my kid. It’s my sister. In rotten cases, it’s my husband. But when you see they’re human beings — their kids go to school with your kids, they play with your kids, they live and love like we do — it ultimately moves people, but it takes time.”

She also referred to a caller’s prediction that same-sex marriage would be legal by 2016 as “gorgeously hopeful.”

Windsor, who was married to her partner, sued the government in order to get the federal estate tax deduction previously only available to straight people when their spouses die and following the DOMA strike-down, was due a $363,000 (£236,000) tax refund.