Amer­i­can gay rights ac­tivist Edith Wind­sor

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Edith Wind­sor, who brought a land­mark case to the US Supreme Court that paved a path to­wards le­gal­is­ing same-sex marriage, has died.

Wind­sor died aged 88 in New York, said her lawyer, Roberta Ka­plan. The cause of death was not given, but Wind­sor had strug­gled with heart is­sues for years.

Wind­sor be­came a gay rights pi­o­neer af­ter her first spouse, TheaSpyer, died in 2009. The­women had mar­ried legally in Canada in 2007.

At 81, Wind­sor sued the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, say­ing its def­i­ni­tion of marriage as a re­la­tion­ship between a man and a woman pre­vented her from get­ting a mar­i­tal de­duc­tion on Spyer’s es­tate.

That meant she faced a huge tax bill that het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples would not have. The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June 2013 that the pro­vi­sion in the fed­eral De­fense of Marriage Act was un­con­sti­tu­tional, and that legally mar­ried same-sex cou­ples are en­ti­tled to the same fed­eral ben­e­fits het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples re­ceive.

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