Obama Remembers LGBTQ Rights Icon Edie Windsor With Heartfelt Tribute


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She died in NY, according to her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan.

Edith Windsor was "tiny" but indomitable.

Edith Windsor, a same-sex marriage activist who won a landmark ruling to give same-sex married couples the same rights as other married couples, died on Tuesday in Manhattan at age 88.

"Married is a magic word", Windsor said during a NY rally on February 5, 2009, according to McFadden. The cause of her death wasn't given, but she had struggled with heart issues.

"Edie was a new york-based outstanding that took fight for equality and achieved a historic victory in journey for justice", said Cuomo, who said that activist embodied spirit of NY and recalled that "tore down barriers". "Never. It was just so far away".

Rest in peace, Edie Windsor. Shortly thereafter, she moved to NY, where, in 1963, she met Thea Spyer, her partner for more than forty years.

In 2009, Windsor was denied a spouse's exemption and forced to pay federal taxes on the estate of her late wife, Thea Spyer, who also was Jewish, although their Canadian marriage was recognized as legal by the State of NY, where they resided.

Windsor's fight for equality began with a tax refund. Windsor was hit with a tax bill of more than half a million dollars on her wife's estate, money she would be exempt from paying had she been a widow. It's bigger than marriage, and I think marriage is major.

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. However, the decision did not specify if there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriages and did not overturn laws in 37 states that banned those unions. "Today, JTS signed on to a brief at the United States Supreme Court arguing that the marriages of gay people should be respected under the law".

The former president touted Windsor's role in the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling on marriage equality, which he called "a victory for human decency, equality, freedom, and justice". Windsor said that she hoped that time in 2013 would be remembered as "the time when everybody [who had] an out-of-country partner [could] bring them home to America".

"Today, we lost one of this country's great civil rights pioneers, Edie Windsor", Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said he was heartbroken by the death of a woman who "embodied the NY spirit, taking it upon herself to tear down barriers for others".

After graduating from Temple University, Windsor got married in first place with a friend of his bror, but a year later put an end to that marriage to confessing that she was a lesbian.

"I don't know how to say it that's not corny as hell-I've been having a love affair with the gay community", Windsor told the New Yorker's Levy in 2013.

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