Edith Windsor, Victor In A Landmark Marriage Equality Case, RIP

  • Edith Windsor, Victor In A Landmark Marriage Equality Case, RIP

Edith Windsor, Victor In A Landmark Marriage Equality Case, RIP

Windsor said the federal Defense of Marriage Act's definition of marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman prevented her from getting a marital deduction on Spyer's estate.

Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.

"Married is a magic word", Ms. Windsor told a rally outside City Hall in NY a few days before her wife died.

"The world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", she said.

"Edie was the light of my life", she said. Windsor requested that, in lieu of flowers, any donations in her memory be made to one of the following four LGBT organizations: The LGBT Center of NY, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth, or SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment). Thea Spyer and Windsor became a lifelong couple and in 1967, Spyer proposed. After 1977, when Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she led with her good leg, she told the Guardian.

Just two years later, Spyer died. Windsor's victory is a shining example of what it looks like to never give up on love, even in the face of some very long odds. "I wanted to tell you what marriage meant to me", she told the crowd. According to the New York Times, the ruling in favor of Windsor was the first time married same-sex couples received federal recognition. "It's heartbreaking. It's just a awful injustice, and I don't expect that from my country". "I think she'd be so proud and happy and just so pleased at how far we have come". She chose to file a suit.

"Because of today's Supreme Court ruling, the federal government can no longer discriminate against the marriages of gay and lesbian Americans", she said then in a statement. They marched as part of the gay rights demonstrations unleashed by the Stonewall Riots of 1969, and whenever they got the chance, they went dancing. She won at every federal court level, culminating in her Supreme Court victory in June of 2013.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, joining the liberals, wrote the 5-4 opinion striking down the law that he said placed "same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage".

Edie, as she was known to family and friends, had been living with Spyer for 40 years before the two married in Canada in 2007.

Former US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also paid tribute.

"She called for the respect and dignity denied to same-sex spouses, and the Supreme Court heard her plea", said Sommer.

"I thought about all the millions of quiet heroes across the decades whose countless small acts of courage slowly made an entire country realise that love is love - and who, in the process, made us all more free". They deserve our gratitude. Edie Windsor would go on to become an octogenarian rock star in the gay rights community.