Marriage Equality Pioneer Edith Windsor Dead At Age 88

Marriage Equality Pioneer Edith Windsor Dead At Age 88

Marriage Equality Pioneer Edith Windsor Dead At Age 88

"Our choice not to wear traditional engagement rings was just one of many ways in which Thea and I had to mold our lives to make our relationship invisible", Windsor said in court documents.

When Windsor's lifelong partner died in 2009, the IRS billed her for more than $300,000 in estate taxes she would not have owed had the government recognized their marriage.

Like countless others, Ms. Windsor had been snared by the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which barred same-sex married couples from federal recognition as "spouses", effectively excluding them from federal benefits available to married heterosexuals - precisely 1,138 benefits, according to a count by the Government Accountability Office, Congress's fiscal watchdog agency. It is considered one of the most important LGBT rights cases in USA history. "Fight for what is right and change the world". "Edie was the light of my life".

Windsor spent decades working tirelessly as an LGBTQ activist in and around NY, including once going to so far to donate her Cadillac to a Village Halloween parade in Manhattan where, upon seeing her name on the car's "donated by" sign, she turned to Spyer, and said "It's a whole new world". The cause of death wasn't given, but Windsor had struggled with heart issues for years. She will forever be remembered as a hero of the LGBTQ rights movement. With Edie's passing, I lost not only a treasured client, but a member of my family. "I also know that her memory will be a blessing not only to every LGBT person on this planet, but to all who believe in the concept of b'tzelem elohim, or equal dignity for all".

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Prominent civil rights leaders also shared their love of the late activist.

"It is important to recognize that today's court victory never would have happened without the tenacity and courage of a five-foot-tall, 100-pound lady by the name of Edie Windsor". "The wheels of progress turn forward because of people like Edie who are willing to stand up in the face of injustice", said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Grand Marshall Edith Windsor smiles as she rides in a convertible during the gay pride march in New York Sunday, June 30, 2013. "Her legacy will live on in history and be felt in the lives of our community for many years to come".

Leaders of the LGBT community are planning a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

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