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Edith Windsor, Whose Same-Sex Marriage Fight Led to Landmark Ruling, Dies at 88

A Wider Bridge mourns the loss of Edie Windsor, a true hero of the modern movement for LGBT equality. Her determination and perseverance to fight for what she knew was right brought about an end to the odious “Defense of Marriage Act” and paved the way for the later historic decision that brought full marriage equality to the United States. Edie lived her life with grace, dignity and courage, and among her many passions she loved to reminisce about her travels to Israel, a place she truly loved. She will be sorely missed.

Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to myriad federal benefits, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88.

Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause. They were married in 2016.

Four decades after the Stonewall Inn uprising fueled the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in America, Ms. Windsor, the widow of a woman with whom she had lived much of her life, became the lead plaintiff in what is widely regarded as the second most important Supreme Court ruling in the national battle over same-sex marriage rights. Read more in The New York Times


Last September, AWB with Edie Windsor to record an interview for the A Wider Brunch. “I get stopped on the street, still, all the time,” she told us. Read more. Watch the A Wider Brunch 2016 segment with Edie below: