Edith Windsor, LGBTQ Icon and American Hero, Dies at 88


The gay-rights pioneer helped usher in same-sex marriage in America thanks to a landmark Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted married same-sex couples federal recognition for the first time. 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.

Celebrating the Supreme Court's 2015 decision declaring marriage as a fundamental right for all Americans, Windsor told The New Yorker she was "thrilled with the content of the decision".

In her interview with Metro Weekly, Windsor expressed concern over the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch, but nonetheless advised present-day activists to "hang in" and stay connected with other members of their community as they fight back against any attempts to erode or overturn policies guaranteeing LGBTQ equality. See a round-up of reactions below.

"It's nearly essential that we all meet as often as we can meet: that we become more and more related to each other given these circumstances", Ms. Windsor previously said of local LGBTQ events. 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.

"Edie Windsor's willingness to stand up and challenge the government's discrimination against her has forever changed the path of LGBT rights in the United States", she added. She did not say how her wife died.

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Windsor later married Windsor after attaining a bachelors degree from Temple in 1950 but divorced after less than a year.

Windsor is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married in October 2016.

"I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", saidJudith Kasen-Windsor via a statement. "Edie was the light of my life". She will forever be remembered as a hero of the LGBTQ rights movement.

Windsor sued, instead saying "that the law, by recognizing only marriages between a man and a woman, unconstitutionally singled out same-sex marriage partners for "differential treatment". The US supreme court dealt a final blow for marriage equality in 2015. I know that Edie's memory will always be a blessing to [my wife] Rachel, myself, and [our son] Jacob. "She touched countless lives, and we at GLAAD are deeply saddened by her passing, but her kindness, compassion, and legacy will endure", said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD.