Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to a landmark U.S. ruling, has died aged 88.
Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.
Edith Windsor, the same-sex marriage activist who served as the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at 88 years old.
Windsor has always been admired as a champion for LGBT rights, and her landmark case against the federal government ended up striking down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that prevented the federal recognition of same-sex marriages.More news: VW plans to roll out 80 electric and hybrid models by 2025
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. That was part of her allure, both to young people who stopped her on the streets for a hug, and to a Supreme Court that doubtless saw-in Edie Windsor-that love truly means love.
Windsor's case, United States v. Windsor, made it to the Supreme Court, and in 2013, the Court ruled in her favor.
As a result of her case, same-sex couples who were married in the District of Columbia and the 13 states where marriage equality had been legalized prior to the decision were entitled to federal recognition, including the right to inherit property from their spouses tax-free, as well as the right to receive tax breaks, Social Security survivor and veterans' benefits, and insurance coverage for health care. When the Court allowed marriage equality in 2015, Windsor was finally able to exhale, knowing that what she had begun in a NY legal street fight was now protected in MS and Alabama. "We immediately just fit - our bodies fit", she says in the film. "The next generation is so far advanced over us", Windsor said. "She will go down in the history books as a true American hero".
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"Today, we lost one of this country's great civil rights pioneers, Edie Windsor". Previous year in an interview with the Washington Blade, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton identified Windsor as an LGBT person she sees as a role model. "Her legacy will live on in history and be felt in the lives of our community for many years to come".
"It was a love affair that just kept on and on and on", Windsor recalled to the Guardian US in 2013.
The Supreme Court later bolstered the rulings of two lower courts in a 5-4 ruling, which states that nobody should be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law". "My fiancé, Steve, and I owe her and those who fought in the courts with her for the very fact that we can be married this year".More news: Apple shows new Apple TV that supports sharper TV shows and movies