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Edith Windsor remembered as 'great' pioneer for gay rights

September 13, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A gay rights pioneer is being remembered for bringing a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down parts of a federal law banning same-sex marriage.

Edith Windsor died in New York on Tuesday at age 88.

Windsor sued the federal government in 2010 over the Defense of Marriage Act. The 2013 Supreme Court opinion became the basis for the wave of federal court rulings that struck down state marriage bans and led to a 2015 Supreme Court ruling giving same-sex couples the right to marry.

Former President Barack Obama calls Windsor one of the "quiet heroes" whose persistence furthered the cause of equality. The Democrat says Windsor was small in stature but made a big difference to America.

American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony Romero calls Windsor "one of this country's great civil rights pioneers."

 
 

 

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