Marriage Equality Pioneer Edith Windsor Dies At 88

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York, speaks to reporters in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the s... Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York, speaks to reporters in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) MORE LESS
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NEW YORK (AP) — Edith Windsor, who brought a Supreme Court case that struck down parts of a federal law that banned same-sex marriage, has died.

An attorney for Edith Windsor says she died Tuesday in New York. She was 88.

Windsor was 81 when she sued the federal government in 2010 over the Defense of Marriage Act following the death of her first spouse, Thea Spyer. They legally married in Canada in 2007 after being together for more than 40 years.

Windsor said the marriage law meant she faced a huge estate tax bill she wouldn’t have to pay if the law didn’t discriminate against same-gender couples.

The 2013 Supreme Court 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.

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  1. Thank you for your courage and perseverance, Edith. It falls to the rest of us to carry the torch further still.

  2. It was nice to have a reminder of grace and moral courage today, even if the news is sad.

  3. Donald Trump – or any of her “Christian” haters – should have a mere shred of the courage this woman lived.

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