Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died

Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died

Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died

A decade after the 2003 Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas decriminalized gay sex in the United States, Windsor became one face of a revolutionary push for equality for the LGBTQ community.

The New York Times and the Associated Press confirmed Windsor's death with her wife and her attorney.

Windsor was thrust into the national spotlight after suing the federal government upon receiving a $363,000 estate-tax bill following the death of her first wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009.

In 1977, when Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Windsor cared for her around the clock; they married in 2007 in a Toronto ceremony officiated by Canada's first openly gay judge. But public opinion and the legal landscape had undergone a sharp reversal, and Windsor prevailed in two lower courts before the US Supreme Court struck down the law. While her case only applied to 13 states and the District of Columbia, where same-sex marriages were already legal, a Supreme Court decision two years later in 2015 declared same-sex couples had the constitutional right to marry anywhere in the nation. 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. 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.

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"The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", said her current spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor. DOMA, which banned all federal recognition of same sex marriage, barred her from receiving those benefits.

"Don't let anything make you feel that somehow they can beat us, because they can't", she said at the time. Windsor called them and said, "I know this is presumptuous, but, please, can I come stay with you?" "She will go down in the history books as a true American hero". A 2015 Supreme Court case struck down state laws regarding gay marriage. Thea Spyer and Windsor became a lifelong couple and in 1967, Spyer proposed. I know that Edie's memory will always be a blessing to [my wife] Rachel, myself, and [our son] Jacob.

"Edith felt deeply the injustice of being denied the right to marry her partner of more than 40 years, and she committed herself to fighting back with determination and a smile", Moodie-Mills said. She fought for dignity and laid the foundation for marriage equality.

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