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Sep 12 2017
Edie Windsor, Who Brought Down DOMA, Dies @ 88 Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09a9d8f7970d-800wiSad news for the LGBTQ community — Edie Windsor, whose SCOTUS case destroyed the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, granting same-sex couples federal recognition, has died.

She was 88.

Keep reading for an obit on this trailblazer ...

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c906a645970b-800wiEdie Windsor (June 20, 1929-September 12, 2017) at NYC LGBT Pride in June 2017 (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

According to The New York Times, Windsor died Tuesday in NYC. Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, did not confirm the cause.

Windsor became an LGBTQ icon when her wife Thea Spyer died, resulting in a $363,053 tax burden on Windsor that would not have befallen the widow in a heterosexual relationship, leading her to file suit against the federal government over the constitutionality of DoMA. Windsor and Spyer had wed in Canada in 2007.

She won the case in 2013, which led to federal recognition of same-sex partnerships in 13 states and Washington D.C.

For her efforts she was Time's second choice for its Person of the Year in 2013, and had been a staple at LGBTQ events ever since.

Windsor reflected on her journey as a lesbian and an activist in a 2011 NYU Alumni Magazine interview, in which she recalled her reaction to Stonewall, which she heard about upon returning from a trip abroad:

Until then, I’d always had the feeling — and I know it’s ignorant and unfair — ‘I don’t want to be identified with the queens. But from that day on, I had this incredible gratitude. They changed my life. They changed my life forever.

Windsor is survived by her second wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

Listen to Edie's speech from 2013 at Out's Out 100 party in NYC: