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

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Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor, plaintiff in DOMA case, dies at 88

The 5-4 decision left in place laws in the 37 states that stilled banned gay marriage and it wasn't until 2015 that the high court held definitively that same-sex couples in every state had a constitutional right to marry the partner of their choosing.

Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 USA supreme court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, giving gay and lesbian couples access to federal benefits and laying the foundation for the landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the country in 2015.

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"I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", Kasen-Windsor said in a statement. It is considered one of the most important LGBT rights cases in USA history. That meant that Windsor was not protected by an exemption on estate taxes for widowers. Edie had such joy for life, and gave our community so much. Thea Spyer and Windsor became a lifelong couple and in 1967, Spyer proposed.

Roberta Kaplan, Windsor's lawyer in her landmark Supreme Court case, remembers her as a "true American hero". The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2014. Her late-in-life court victory, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage at the federal level, served as a fittingly seismic cap to a life of hard-fought activism.

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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. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, LGBTQ Nation and The Pride L.A. He graduated from the State University of NY at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006. 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. With Edie's passing, I lost not only a treasured client, but a member of my family. "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".

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement "we lost one of this country's great civil rights pioneers" as a result of Windsor's passing. "She said, 'It is now, ' and I grabbed her and then we made love all afternoon". "Her legacy will live on in history and be felt in the lives of our community for many years to come".

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