Edith Windsor, Gay Rights Pioneer Dies At 88, Twitter Mourns The Loss

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Windsor was often referred to as an "unlikely activist", but that doesn't mean she wasn't a history-making and persistent one. She was engaged to her partner, Thea, for forty years.

Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer Wednesday in 2007 in Canada after four decades together.

Ms. Spyer was suffering from multiple sclerosis at the time, and died two years later.

She said the legislation prevented her from getting a marital tax deduction on Spyer's estate, leaving her with a $360,000 (300,000 euro) bill that heterosexual couples would not have. It wasn't fair, and Windsor wasn't about to go down without a fight. However, because of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which barred same-sex married couples from federal recognition as "spouses", she wasn't. It was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States of America. But in 2015, the Supreme Court struck down some 37 state marriage bans, giving same-sex couples the right to marry from coast to coast. Her death sparked a legal battle between Windsor and the United States government which ultimately cemented her status as a pioneer for civil rights.

After death of her wife, Windsor had to pay for heritage inherited more than $ 350,000 in taxes to federal Government, what led her to undertake a crusade in defense of equality of ir rights as a spouse, which led to Supreme. I said, honey, you deserve a lot more.

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When she served as the grand marshal of the Long Island Pride Parade in 2014, she was the first to have security walk along side her convertible because so many people wanted to rush up and thank her, organizers said. "I guess I am an icon, it turns out". She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community who she loved so much and who loved her right back. She also began volunteering with gay rights organizations; for starters, she computerized all their mailing lists.

Born Edith Schlain in Philadelphia on June 20, 1929, Ms. Windsor was the youngest of three children of James and Celia Schlain, Jewish immigrants from Russian Federation whose candy store and house were quarantined and subsequently foreclosed when Edith and a brother contracted polio during the Great Depression.

"PFAW is deeply saddened by the loss of Edith Windsor, and our thoughts are with her family and friends". In June of that year, she won, and the reasoning of that decision was not lost on the lower federal courts. They divorced less than a year later. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked for IBM from 1958. In 1967 on a drive to the country, Thea asked Edie what she would do if she got an engagement ring.

Former first lady Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter: "Edie Windsor showed the world that love can be a powerful force for change". Our world is better for her life. When Thea died in 2009 from a heart condition two years after we were finally married, I was heartbroken.

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