Edith Windsor, Lesbian Activist Who Took Down DOMA, Dead at 88

Edith Windsor, Lesbian Trailblazer Who Changed Your Life, Has Died

Edith Windsor, Lesbian Trailblazer Who Changed Your Life, Has Died

"'United States vs. Windsor' is a tremendously important case in the American Civil Rights landscape", Suzanne Goldberg, a professor at Columbia Law School and former senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal, the country's first legal organization focused on achieving full equality for lesbian and gay people, told The Press in a July profile of Ms. Windsor.

The well-known activist's death was confirmed by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

Windsor first rose to national prominence by suing the federal government for spousal benefits after her first wife, Thea Spyer, whom she'd legally married in Canada-died in 2009.

The couple had been partners for 44 years and had married in Canada in 2007.

When numerous lower courts ruled in favor of marriage equality after June 2013, they cited Windsor's case as precedent.

In her interview with Metro Weekly, Windsor expressed concern over the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch, but nonetheless advised present-day activists to "hang in" and stay connected with other members of their community as they fight back against any attempts to erode or overturn policies guaranteeing LGBTQ equality.

This led to a wider 2015 ruling which legalised same-sex marriage in all 50 states. She did not say how her wife died. 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".

Windsor had filed her lawsuit with a view to getting a tax refund, but the lawsuit went much further than that. "She will go down in the history books as a true American hero". I know that Edie's memory will always be a blessing to [my wife] Rachel, myself, and [our son] Jacob.

"One simply can not write the history of the gay rights movement without reserving enormous credit and gratitude for Edie Windsor", Romero said.

Windsor's advocacy impacted the lives of many, especially same-sex couples in the US who aspire to marry the one they love. "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.

A public memorial for Windsor will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel this Friday at 12:30 p.m. "I will never forget Edith standing on the steps of the Supreme Court, describing marriage as more than just rights and benefits but also as "magic" - a powerful recognition of indescribable love. She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure".

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