Candlelight Memorial Held For Edie Windsor At Stonewall

Candlelight Memorial Held For Edie Windsor At Stonewall

Candlelight Memorial Held For Edie Windsor At Stonewall

Two years later, Spyer died, and the federal government made Windsor pay $363,053 in estate taxes because DOMA prevented her from being recognized as the surviving spouse by the federal government. The case helped pave the way for the Supreme Court's 2015 marriage equality decision. "No, I have a problem because I'm still terribly in love with Thea", she said.

After her win, she attended services at her Manhattan synagogue, Beit Simchat Torah, which was founded to serve the gay community, and listened to her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, deliver a sermon on the win.

Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, which successfully struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013 and gave same-sex couples federal recognition and benefits for the first time. "Did I ever think we would be discussing equality in marriage?"

Windsor worked as a senior systems programmer at IBM until 1975, when fighting for LGBTQ rights became her full-time career.

His death was reported to media by his wife, Kasen Windsor, who married in 2016, but no furr details were provided.

"The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", said her current spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

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Win she did: The justices ruled 5-4 in June 2013 that a provision in the law barring the US government from recognizing same-sex unions was unconstitutional. However, the decision did not specify if there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriages and did not overturn laws in 37 states that banned those unions.

That set the stage for a ruling two years later that removed all barriers to equal marriage rights.

Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, called Windsor "one of this country's great civil rights pioneers". After an attempt to claim the federal estate tax exemption failed, she took legal action, filing a lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY. Windsor said that she hoped that time in 2013 would be remembered as "the time when everybody [who had] an out-of-country partner [could] bring them home to America".

Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Windsor was a trailblazer. The marriage ended after she told him she was gay. Although she initially married a man, they divorced a year later. "In court documents, Ms. Windsor said she told Spyer, "'If it still feels this goofy joyous, I'd like us to spend the rest of our lives together.' And we did". It was, Windsor later said in court documents, "just one of many ways in which Thea and I had to mold our lives to make our relationship invisible". "They danced all night", McFadden writes, and in 1967, Spyer proposed marriage-with a diamond brooch instead of a ring, so as not to raise questions about their sexuality.

Spyer, a psychologist, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977. Because same-sex marriage was still illegal in New York, Windsor and Spyer chose to travel to Toronto, Canada, and get married there.

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