New York Pols Mourn LGBT Rights Pioneer Edie Windsor

Peter Castro
September 15, 2017

LGBT activist and icon Edith Windsor passed away in Manhattan on Tuesday at the age of 88.

According to The New York Times, Windsor's wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death.

While the ruling was limited to 13 states and the District of Columbia, the Windsor decision paved the way for the Supreme Court case that ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Facing a big tax bill after the death of her first spouse, Windsor took on the federal law that prevented her from enjoying the same inheritance tax break she would have gotten if she was married to a man. After navigating the NY court system for years, her case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, culminating in a 5-4 decision declaring that the federal Defense of Marriage Act-the legislation blocking Ms. Windsor's tax claim-was unconstitutional.

Obama said he spoke with Windsor a few days ago and told her "one more time what a difference she made to this country we love".

In a statement from Windsor's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, Kaplan said representing Windsor "was and will always be the greatest honor of my life".

Windsor remarried past year. She used a master's degree in mathematics from New York University to become a senior computer systems programmer at IBM.

"I Also know that his memory will be a blessing not only to every LGBTQ person in this planet, but for all those who believe in concept of equal dignity for all", also said Kaplan. "The next generation is so far advanced over us", Windsor said. She also began volunteering with gay rights organizations; for starters, she computerized all their mailing lists. Edie Windsor vs. the United States, when JTS, along with the entire Conservative movement, joined an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down DOMA as unconstitutional. "We immediately just fit - our bodies fit", she says in the film. In 2015, the Supreme Court's ruling in the case gave same-sex couples the right to marry across the US. But after the victory, the gay rights community - particularly the young people who would high-five her during Gay Pride parades - didn't allow it. "One simply can not write the history of the gay rights movement without reserving huge credit and gratitude for Edie Windsor".

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Windsor was survived by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

"She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure".

But the couple could not marry in NY during Spyer's lifetime. They were married in 2016.

One weekend, she heard that Spyer was going out to the Hamptons and would be dropping someone off at the home of some lesbians she knew.

Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977.

A public memorial for Windsor will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel this Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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