Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to landmark ruling, dies at 88

    By: Clair Fuller on Sep 15, 2017

    Robert D. McFadden writes, "Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark case led the Supreme Court to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to a host of federal benefits that until then only married heterosexuals had enjoyed, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88.


    Four decades after the Stonewall Inn uprising fueled the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in America, Ms. Windsor, the widow of a woman with whom she had lived much of her life, became the lead plaintiff in what is widely regarded as the second most important Supreme Court ruling in the national battle over same-sex marriage rights.


    Ms. Windsor had originally gone to court simply to obtain a tax refund. But for thousands struggling for gender equality, the stakes went far beyond tax advantages available to married heterosexuals, including Social Security, health care and vetrans' benefits; protection in immigration and bankruptcy cases; and keeping a home after a spouse had died."


    Released: September 15, 2017, 10:23 am
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