LGBT ac­tivist Wind­sor dies

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

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.

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