Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Edith Windsor, Same-Sex Marriage Activist, Dead at 88

Edith Windsor, Same-Sex Marriage Activist, Dead at 88

"I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice, and equality", Kasen said in a statement through the LGBT Center of New York City, according to the New York Daily News.

In June 2013 Supreme court invalidated law, DOMA, which defined marriage as " union between a man and a woman", legalizing as well unions in country between same-sex couples, a great victory for LGBTQ community. In 2009, after the death of her first wife, Thea Spyer, to whom she was married to in Canada, Ms Windsor was prevented from getting a marital deduction on Spyer's estate, because their marriage was not legal in the US.

The Supreme Court's Windsor decision, handed down in 2013, ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional and opened the door for residents of 13 states which recognized gay marriage to qualify for federal benefits that marriage conferred. She was 88 years old.

"Edie was a new york-based outstanding that took fight for equality and achieved a historic victory in journey for justice", said Cuomo, who said that activist embodied spirit of NY and recalled that "tore down barriers". Kaplan said Windsor's win was a landmark for Jews, particularly.

"She had a sense of humor and a poise about her that made everybody feel very welcome and comfortable", DiNapoli said. By then Edie Windsor had become a household name, appearing at rallies, marches, and speeches nationwide.

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Born Edith Schlain in Philadelphia on June 20th, 1929, Windsor was the youngest of three children of James and Celia Schlain, Jewish immigrants from Russian Federation. "Thea looks at her ring every day and thinks of herself as a member of a special species that can love and couple, 'until death do us part'". Edie told us at the GLAD Summer Party that she was at this event because GLAD began the whole marriage movement. The decision opened up not only tax benefits but healthcare benefits, protections in immigration cases, food stamps, and other assistance to same-sex couples, who hadn't had access to those rights under DOMA.

But the couple could not marry in NY during Spyer's lifetime. Her legacy will live on forever. This isn't to say that Windsor's or Obergefell's cases were some great end point for L.G.B.T.Q rights-if there's one thing the Trump administration has demonstrated in its first months in office, it's that those of us who care about equality must remain vigilant in fighting to protect what gains have been made and working to expand them. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked for IBM from 1958. Spyer eventually developed multiple sclerosis, and the couple registered as domestic partners when that became possible. The two were married in 2016.

Windsor met Thea Spyer, at the time already a clinical psychologist, at Greenwich Village restaurant Portofino in 1963.

A public memorial for Windsor will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel this Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, described her as "the light for the LGBTQ community".

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