Edith Windsor, the woman at the center of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case headed to the Supreme Court, believes striking down the law would be the beginning of the end of anti-gay stigma.

In an AP profile, Windsor, 83, said the case which challenges the constitutionality of DOMA is bigger than marriage.

“I keep saying, 'Keep me alive until after the Supreme Court'” arguments in March, she said. “It's a very important case. It's bigger than marriage, and I think marriage is major. I think if we win, the effect will be the beginning of the end of stigma.”

Windsor said the world had changed in her lifetime.

“The world has progressed,” she said. “At the beginning of World War II, they really did think we had horns.”

Windsor sued the federal government after she received an estate bill of more than $360,000 resulting from the death of her wife Thea Spyer. Windsor's lawyers argue that DOMA violates the equal protection guarantee of the U.S. Constitution.

The women shared their lives for 44 years and married in Toronto, Canada in 2007. In 2009, New York began recognizing the marriages of gay couples, although gay couples could not enter such unions in the Empire State until last year. Spyer died in 2009.

“Did I ever think we would be discussing equality in marriage?” Windsor rhetorically asked in the AP profile. “Never. It was just so far away.”