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Editorial: Edie Windsor a LGBTQ hero

Editorial: Edie Windsor a LGBTQ hero

New Yorker fought for same-sex marriage rights
Editorial: Edie Windsor a LGBTQ hero
Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the case involving the Defense of Marriage Act, in June 2013.
Photographer: James Estrin/The New York Times

You wouldn’t find her carrying a sign marching with angry protesters.

She was never forced to give up her seat on a bus.

But Edith “Edie” Windsor, who died Tuesday at the age of 88, was a civil rights pioneer worthy of national admiration and thanks.

It was her 2013 landmark legal case — United States v. Windsor — striking down the Defense of Marriage Act that helped pave the way for the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

Having lived a life with the same woman for 40 years,  the longtime New Yorker sought spousal privileges for all gay and lesbian couples, rights that had previously been restricted to heterosexual couples.

Her persistence and strong advocacy for gay rights at a time when it was still unpopular in this country were vital to the expansion of LGBTQ rights across the United States.

We all should remember the challenges she overcame for civil rights in this country and honor her memory.

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