Edith Windsor, icon of gay rights movement, dies aged 88

American LGBT rights activist, Edith Windsor, who became a gay rights

icon when she sued the federal government to recognize her same-sex

marriage, has died on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her wife Judith

Kasen-Windsor, but she didn't specify a cause. The pair got married in


The late LGBT rights activist was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 US

supreme court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act of

1996, giving gay and lesbian couples access to federal benefits and

laying the foundation for the landmark decision to legalize same- sex

marriage across the country in 2015. The case made history for the

United States' LGBT rights movement.

The LGBT family all over the world are paying tributes to the icon on

social media.

In a statement from Windsor's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, he said

representing Windsor "was and will always be the greatest honor of my


"She will go down in the history books as a true American hero. With

Edie's passing, I lost not only a treasured client, but a member of my

family. I know that Edie's memory will always be a blessing to Rachel,

myself, and Jacob. I also know that her memory will be a blessing not

only to every LGBT person on this planet, but to all who believe in

the concept of b'tzelem elohim, or equal dignity for all," she said.

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