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Edie Windsor: Gay rights trailblazer dies at 88

  • calendar 13-Sep-2017
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Edie Windsor: Gay rights trailblazer dies at 88

Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her wife Judith Kasen-Windsor. Windsor's Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time.She had sued the US government after being ordered to pay $363,053 (£224,940) in federal estate tax after her previous wife, Thea Spyer, died.The couple had been partners for 44 years and had married in Canada in 2007.Windsor, known as Edie, 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 was unconstitutional.


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