Obama Remembers LGBTQ Rights Icon Edie Windsor With Heartfelt Tribute

Married couple Michael Knaapen left and John Becker kissing outside the Supreme Court Building after hearing that the high court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional

Married couple Michael Knaapen left and John Becker kissing outside the Supreme Court Building after hearing that the high court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional

Love took Edith Windsor to the marriage altar.

At the time of the ruling, same-sex marriage was not recognized at the federal level, but the Supreme Court agreed with Windsor that same-sex marriage partners were being treated differently regarding federal benefits and that it was unconstitutional to do so, the Times reported.

Obama said he spoke with Windsor a few days ago and told her "one more time what a difference she made to this country we love".

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Michelle and I offer our condolences to her wife, Judith, and to all who loved and looked up to Edie Windsor. "Edie was the light of my life". Fearless enough to live as a more-or-less out lesbian in the early 1960s, before any hint of LGBT rights; to lovingly nurse her wife through decades of a crippling degenerative illness; to attach her name to a lawsuit against her own federal government. But by trying to be ordinary, Windsor showed her life to be extraordinary.

Concerned that an engagement ring would bring unwanted attention to her sexual orientation from colleagues at IBM, Spyer gave Windsor a diamond brooch. Shortly thereafter, she moved to NY, where, in 1963, she met Thea Spyer, her partner for more than forty years. After the 1969 Stonewall Riots, they started marching in pride parades and joined LGBTQ organizations.

Windsor was 81 when she brought a lawsuit that proved to be a turning point for gay rights. She and Spyer wanted to get married, but it would be decades before same-sex marriage became legal in their home state. By 2007, her prognosis was looking grim. The women married in Canada when they realized they might not be living when NY state legalized same-sex marriage, which it did in 2011.

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Windsor's attorney Roberta Kaplan said, "She will go down in the history books as a true American hero", CNN reported. "And it is magic throughout the world". Spyer was ill and eventually died.

The problem for Windsor, and for many other same-sex partners, lay in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But federal law didn't recognize a marriage like theirs as valid - which meant that they were denied certain federal rights and benefits that other married couples enjoyed.

Edie Windsor, whose fight for marriage equality ended with a historic victory and was suffused with her Jewish sensibility, has died at 88. Kaplan said Windsor's victory was a landmark for Jews, particularly.

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The opinion didn't legalize same-sex marriage, but it marked a key moment of encouragement for gay marriage supporters then confronting a nationwide patchwork of laws that outlawed such unions in roughly three dozen states.

"Edie was a new york-based outstanding that took fight for equality and achieved a historic victory in journey for justice", said Cuomo, who said that activist embodied spirit of NY and recalled that "tore down barriers". She also served as the grand marshal of New York City's Pride March.

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