Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case, Dies

Marie Harrington
September 13, 2017

Edith Windsor, the same-sex marriage activist who served as the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at 88 years old.

It was during the aftermath of Spyer's death that Windsor found herself thrust in the spotlight as an LGBT activist and marriage equality hero, as Windsor found herself with an enormous estate tax bill after receiving her inheritance. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2014.

Over four decades after uprisings at Stonewall Inn, Compton's Cafeteria and Cooper's Donuts started the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Windsor became a major advocate for marriage equality. When the Court allowed marriage equality in 2015, Windsor was finally able to exhale, knowing that what she had begun in a NY legal street fight was now protected in MS and Alabama. See a round-up of reactions below.

Windsor had filed her lawsuit with a view to getting a tax refund, but the lawsuit went much further than that. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, called Windsor "one of this country's great civil rights pioneers".

Windsor's advocacy impacted the lives of many, especially same-sex couples in the USA who aspire to marry the one they love. "We hope to always make her proud and keep fighting in her honor".

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Windsor remarried a year ago.

Her wife, Judith Karen-Windsor, confirmed her death to the New York Times, although the cause of death has not yet been specified.

"The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", said her current spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

"Edie was the light of my life", she said. She told The New Yorker's _ Ariel Levy_ in a 2013 profile, "I don't know how to say it that's not corny as hell-I've been having a love affair with the gay community". They became partners in the 1960s and were finally able to marry in Canada in 2007. DOMA, which banned all federal recognition of same sex marriage, barred her from receiving those benefits. With Edie's passing, I lost not only a treasured client, but a member of my family. "I also know that her memory will be a blessing not only to every LGBT person on this planet, but to all who believe in the concept of b'tzelem elohim, or equal dignity for all", Kaplan added.

The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate objective overcomes the goal and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. "She said, 'It is now, ' and I grabbed her and then we made love all afternoon".

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