Edie Windsor, unlikely heroine of same-sex marriage case, dies at 88

Edie Windsor, unlikely heroine of same-sex marriage case, dies at 88

Edith Windsor, a woman who became the face of same-sex marriage equality, has died at 88 years old.

Edith Windsor, a gay rights pioneer whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down parts of a federal anti-gay-marriage law and paved a path toward legalizing same-sex nuptials nationwide, died Tuesday. Though their marriage was recognized in NY state, the 1996 DOMA proscribed a federal definition of marriage that excluded same-sex couples. Windsor challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited the federal government from recognizing the couple's marriage, after she received a $363,000 estate tax bill following Spyer's death.

Windsor, who was from NY, often said that she fought her battle in memory of her wife Thea Clara Spyer, who died in 2009. However, the IRS denied her "the unlimited spousal exemption from federal estate taxes available to married heterosexuals" and ordered her to pay taxes.

"She will go down in the history books as a true American hero", said Windsor's attorney Roberta Kaplan.

Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. It was a victory for families, and for the principle that all of us should be treated equally, regardless of who we are or who we love.

WINDSOR: And when we got to the house, she got out of the vehicle and got down on her knees and said, Edie Windsor, will you marry me? They waited 40 years before they got married in Canada. Two years later, the Supreme Court awarded full marriage equality to same-sex couples.

Born in Philadelphia in 1929 to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Windsor's life and battle for equal rights led to major victories for the LGBTI community in the United States.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal a year later, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Windsor was "such a well-chosen plaintiff". "Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor - and few made as big a difference to America". "She embodied the NY spirit, taking it upon herself to tear down barriers for others and ensure marriage equality was the law of the land".

The equality fight would continue for a further two years because the initial ruling only applied in the 13 states that recognized gay marriages. As her condition grew steadily worse, she and Windsor made a decision to travel to Canada to get married, which they did in 2007. "A Congressional aide told her she was the Rosa Parks of our generation". She'd asked her friend, "if you know where the lesbians are, please take me", and so her friend took her. Thea was a psychologist. Edie had such joy for life, and gave our community so much.

In 2010, Windsor filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government that would irrevocably alter the the lives of tens of thousands of same-sex couples.

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