Gay rights activist Edith Windsor passes away

Sep 13, 2017 12:03 IST
Edie Windsor. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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.

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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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