Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to a landmark US ruling, passed away on 12 September 2017. She was 88.
It was Windsor's efforts that Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time.
About Edith Windsor
• Born on 20 June 1929, Edith "Edie" Windsor was an American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist.
• She was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. It was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States of America.
• She had sued the US Government after being ordered to pay USD 363053 in federal estate tax after her previous wife, Thea Spyer, died.
• Windsor had argued that the provision of the law, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman prevented her from getting a tax deduction due to married couples, and that it was unconstitutional.
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