In 2007, she married her first wife Thea Spyer in Canada. In 2009, after Thea died, she found herself in a situation of discrimination. She was 80 years old but she refused to give up her rights. She faced this injustice by filing a lawsuit to have her marriage recognized in the United-States.
She sued the federal government to repeal the section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined a marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the section 3 of DOMA was unconstitutional. Legally married same-sex couples also got the same federal benefits as straight couples.
We owe this huge victory to this exceptional woman who was not afraid to face conservatives despite many heart problems in recent years.
This trial will be named after her, "United States v. Windsor", forever.
Following her example, legal battles have been launched across all American states and marriage equality bans have been repealed one after the other. Finally, in June 2016, the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality throughout the United States.
Tuesday Edie passed away and today we are thrilled to say goodbye to her, and especially: "THANK YOU."
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