LGBT activist Windsor dies
EDITH WINDSOR, the LGBT rights activist whose same-sex marriage battle led to a landmark US ruling, has died aged 88.
Her death, in New York, was confirmed by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married in 2016.
Mrs Windsor, who was born in Philadelphia to a Russian Jewish family, attracted worldwide attention when she sued the US government after being ordered to pay more than $300,000 (£225,000) in estate tax after her previous wife, Thea Spyer, died.
The couple had been together for 44 years and married in Canada in 2007. Mrs Windsor contended the provision of the law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented her from getting a tax deduction available for married couples.
In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled with Mrs Windsor, and the decision became the basis for reforms, culminating with the 2015 ruling to give same-sex couples the right to marry.
Mrs Kasen-Windsor said: “The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality. Edie was the light of my life. She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community, which she loved so much and which loved her right back.”
Former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were also among those who paid tribute to Mrs Windsor.