Champion of marriage equality dies at 88

Edith Windsor Who Helped End Federal Gay Marriage Ban Dies at 88

Activist Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit eventually led to same-sex marriage being legalised in all 50 states has died aged 88.

Windsor, who brought a Supreme Court case that struck down parts of a federal law that banned same-sex marriage, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in NY, according to her attorney.

The New York Times reports that her death was confirmed by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married in 2016, a few years after the death of her first wife Thea Spyer in 2009. Edith felt deeply the injustice of being denied the right to marry her partner of more than 40 years, and she committed herself to fighting back with determination and a smile. If not for her case, which led the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, it's likely that marriage equality would not be a nationwide reality today.

The longtime Greenwich Village resident was the plaintiff in Windsor vs. U.S., a 2013 Supreme Court case that knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act's discrimination against LGBT couples in 2013.

"Finally, I said, 'Honey, you deserve more, ' " Ms. Windsor told The New York Times. After Spyer passed, the United States government saddled her with outrageous estate taxes she was forced to pay because her marriage wasn't recognized by law. "We hope to always make her proud and keep fighting in her honor". "The next generation is so far advanced over us", Windsor said. And then she went to the Stonewall Inn to celebrate. As we mourn this monumental loss, we leave you with the words of Windsor on the importance of same-sex marriage: "Married is a magic word and it is magic throughout the world".




"My mother never discussed sex with me, but when I told her I was getting a divorce, she said, 'How is the sex?' And I said, 'It's not, '" Windsor recounted to Out magazine in 2015. 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. "My fiancé, Steve, and I owe her and those who fought in the courts with her for the very fact that we can be married this year".

A public memorial for Windsor will be held on Friday, Sept. 15 at Riverside Memorial Chapel at 12:30 p.m.

The Supreme Court later bolstered the rulings of two lower courts in a 5-4 ruling, which states that nobody should be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law".

Spyer came into her life in 1963, and they became a couple two years later.

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