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Gay Rights Fighter Edith Windsor Gone At 88
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12 Sep 2017 07:02 PM EST

Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor has died at 88. Windsor is survived by her second wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married last year. Her lawsuit against the federal government helped pave the way for same-sex marriage nationwide.
Kasen-Windsor said in a statement, “I lost my beloved spouse, Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality. Edie was the light of my life. She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community which she loved so much and which loved her right back.”
In 2009, Windsor was thrust into the national spotlight after suing the federal government upon receiving a $363,000 estate-tax bill after the death of her first wife, Thea Spyer. Her case, United States v. Windsor, went to the Supreme Court, which in 2015 overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and established a constitutional right to gay marriage.

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