Edith Windsor, whose efforts to reclaim $363,000 in estate taxes led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for legalized gay marriage, died on Tuesday in New York City.
Thea Spyer, left, and Edie Windsor were a couple for 44 years and married for 20 months.
On March 28, 2013, Windsor gave a speech on the steps of the Supreme Court, just after oral arguments in the case concluded.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June 2013 that the provision in the law was unconstitutional, and that legally married same-sex couples are entitled to the same federal benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
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. According to the Times, a "romance blossomed" between the women after Kasen-Windsor took Windsor out on a date, which took place at a Hanukkah party hosted by Roberta Kaplan, Windsor's lawyers in the landmark case. Spyer and Windsor were married in Canada in 2007, but their marriage was not recognized as legal in the United States because of DOMA. As she explained to OUT about their first meeting, "We made love all afternoon and went dancing all night-and that was the beginning". "She will go down in the history books as a true American hero".
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Born Edith Schlain, Windsor kept her last name after marrying Saul Windsor in a union that lasted just one year.
Windsor remarried in September 2016. "She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure".
"We've lost a lesbian national treasure, someone who committed to love and never stopped pushing for change".
Windsor became a full-time carer eventually after Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977.
The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate objective overcomes the goal and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity.
"In court documents, Windsor said she told Spyer, "'If it still feels this goofy joyous, I'd like us to spend the rest of our lives together.' And we did'".
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