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

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

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

Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to a landmark United States ruling, 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.

Edie Windsor, who was the lead plaintiff in a landmark Supreme Court case that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, has died.

Windsor was thrust into the national spotlight after suing the federal government upon receiving a $363,000 estate-tax bill following the death of her first wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009. The women had married legally in Canada in 2007 after spending more than 40 years together.

Ms. Windsor was a staple of the Hamptons LGBTQ community and served as honorary chair alongside her wife of the annual Hampton Tea Dance in July, an LGBTQ celebration originally produced by the Empire Pride Agenda, an organization that disbanded in 2015 for which Ms. Windsor served as a marriage ambassador.

Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal government helped pave the way for same-sex marriage nationwide, has died at 88.

Celebrities including Andy Cohen, Rosie O'Donnell, and Chelsea Clinton mourned Windsor on social media Tuesday and paid tribute to her monumental contributions to the fight for equality.

Reacting to news of Windsor's death, her longtime attorney Roberta Kaplan released a short statement, praising her as a "true American hero".

"I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", saidJudith Kasen-Windsor via a statement. But it cleared the way for gay rights activists to place an even bigger target in their crosshairs, a slew of state-level bans on same-sex marriage itself. "It really was. Something like three weeks before Thea died she said: 'Jesus we're still in love, aren't we'". "The next generation is so far advanced over us", Windsor said. While everyone else went out dancing, she waited up all night for Spyer to arrive-she finally showed up the next afternoon. I know that Edie's memory will always be a blessing to [my wife] Rachel, myself, and [our son] Jacob. They were married in 2016. "I wanted to tell you what marriage meant to me", she told the crowd.

A public memorial will be held Friday, Sept. 15 at 12:30 pm at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City. "She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure". A 2015 Supreme Court case struck down state laws regarding gay marriage.

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