Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case, Dies

Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case, Dies

Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case, Dies

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.

For Windsor, who married her first wife in Canada in 2007, it all started over a tax return.

Windsor sued the federal government after Spyer's death, saying its definition of marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman prevented her from getting a marital deduction on Spyer's estate.

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She had been affected by the Defense of Marriage Act which had banned same-sex couples from being recognised as "spouses" federally. The opinion became the basis for the wave of federal court rulings that struck down state marriage bans and led to a 2015 Supreme Court ruling giving same-sex couples the right to marry. The women married in Canada when they realized they might not be living when NY state legalized same-sex marriage, which it did in 2011. Two years later, in June 2015, SCOTUS put the final nail in the coffin for marriage inequality, ruling in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges. She was 88 years old. "She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community which she loved so much and which loved her right back", stated Kasen-Windsor, who Wednesday Edie in 2016.

Windsor met her first wife, Thea Spyer, in the 1960s.

Born in 1929 to Jewish Parents, Windsor was the youngest of three, and was born Edith Schlain. 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". "She said, 'It is now, ' and I grabbed her and then we made love all afternoon".

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But she was congratulated by President Barack Obama, and she later served as the Grand Marshal of New York City's Pride March. She also began graduate studies in mathematics, receiving a master's degree from New York University in 1957. Their attraction was rekindled two years later at a party in the Hamptons on Long island.

Windsor became a full-time carer eventually after Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977.

Kasen-Windsor, a banking executive, is Windsor's only survivor. "I didn't think it would happen again and it did".

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