Edith Windsor, US gay marriage pioneer, has died at 88

Edith Windsor passes away at age 88

"Children born today will grow up in a world without DOMA", the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to partners of gay people.

Indeed, the idea that there is no turning back was the point made clear in the late Justice Anton Scalia's dissent in Windsor.

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.

"Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor - and few made as big a difference to America", Obama said. She eventually found a champion in Roberta Kaplan, then a partner with the firm Paul, Weiss, and they were joined by the A.C.L.U. The cause of death wasn't given, but Windsor had struggled with heart issues for years. That meant she faced a huge tax bill that heterosexual couples would not have.

Outraged, she went to court, knowing that the case was about more than taxes or even marriage. "No, I have a problem because I'm still terribly in love with Thea", she said.

"In court documents, 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'".

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Win she did: The justices ruled 5-4 in June 2013 that a provision in the law barring the USA government from recognizing same-sex unions was unconstitutional. In the ensuing months, the central reasoning of the case was cited by courts in several states that found gay marriage bans unlawful. There was one story that gained national attention of a deportation proceeding of a gay Colombian man despite being legally married to a USA citizen that was stopped minutes after the Supreme Court decision. "By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency", Scalia wrote, "the majority arms well every challenger" to rules or laws that treat L.G.B.T. Americans as less than equal.

Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, called Windsor "one of this country's great civil rights pioneers". It seemed to her not only wrong but an insult to her marriage.

Edie Windsor, whose fight for marriage equality ended with a historic victory and was suffused with her Jewish sensibility, has died at 88.

Concerned that an engagement ring would bring unwanted attention to her sexual orientation from colleagues at IBM, Spyer gave Windsor a diamond brooch.

In 1977, Spyer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Because same-sex marriage was still illegal in New York, Windsor and Spyer made a decision to travel to Toronto, Canada, and get married there. "It's not the holding in Windsor that is so controlling right now", she said. It did in 2011. They anxious that she was too old, that she might die during the case, and that suing for a large tax refund would not make her a particularly compelling plaintiff.

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