updated 06/26/2013 AT 12:20 PM ET
•originally published 06/26/2013 AT 2:10 PM ET
Edith Windsor has won her case – and now it’s time to party.
The woman behind the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was declared unconstitutional Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court, was at the home of her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, when she heard the news.
The entire room erupted in shouts of joy and the sound of tears of happiness when the ruling came down, reports The New Yorker. But then things quieted down enough for Windsor, 83, to take a call from President Barack Obama.
“Hello, who am I talking to?” Windsor said, according to the magazine’s report. “Oh, Barack Obama? I wanted to thank you. I think your coming out for us made such a difference throughout the country.”