We lost an icon.
Gay Rights Activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage led to a significant US decision, died at 88.
Her death is confirmed by her wife Judith Kasen-Windsor.
Ms. Kasen-Windsor, Banking Executive Director, who married Ms. Windsor on September 26, 2016, is her only survivor. They met at the gay rights event and began to get acquainted in 2015. They lived in Manhattan and Southampton.
“The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality,” Judith Kasen-Windsor was quoted as saying.
“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,” added Casen-Windsor.
The Windsor case of the Supreme Court broke the Marriage Defense Law in 2013, for the first time to give federal recognition to same-sex marriages.
In the 2013 ruling, the US Supreme Court agreed – and that decision became the basis for a wave of further court rulings that increase the rights of same-sex couples.
She sued the US government after being ordered to pay $ 363,053 in federal property tax after her former wife, , Thea Spyer, died.
The couple were partners for 44 years and got married in Canada in 2007.
Windsor Eddie Windsor argues that securing the law that defined marriage between husband and wife prevented her from receiving tax deductions due to married couples and was unconstitutional.
In 2015, another crucial ruling by the Supreme Court gave same-sex couples the right to marry.
Windsor’s battle with the US government strengthened her status as a pioneer of civil rights.
Former US President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also paid tribute.
Obama: “America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence and fuelled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right. Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America.”
Bill Clinton: “in standing up for herself, Edie also stood up for millions of Americans and their rights”.
Hillary Clinton:” Edie Windsor showed the world that love can be a powerful force for change. She will be greatly missed”.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a message to Twitter in which he praised her ability to secure the “moral universe” with a “good kick in the ass”.
Thank you, Edie.
Rest in peace.