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Obama Remembers LGBTQ Rights Icon Edie Windsor With Heartfelt Tribute

Obama Remembers LGBTQ Rights Icon Edie Windsor With Heartfelt Tribute”

Windsor's 2013 lawsuit against the federal government prompted the Supreme Court to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

Seeing the news should not have been as shocking as it was.

Last night people gathered at the Stonewall National Monument in NY to remember LGBT activist and icon Edith Windsor, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88. But my husband and I, along with thousands of same-sex couples in the United States, lost a heroine - a status Windsor achieved on June 26, 2013. He also recalled the 2015 Supreme Court decision removing bars to marriage equality two years after Windsor's win. Windsor sued on the grounds that the law, in recognizing only opposite-sex marriages, unconstitutionally penalized same-sex couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the opinion, "DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others".

"Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor - and few made as big a difference to America", the Democrat said in a statement Tuesday, adding that he had spoken to her a few days earlier.

Support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high in the United States, something Edith Windsor probably couldn't have fathomed when she met Thea Spyer more than 50 years ago. After a wedding in Canada, they were married for less than two.

In 2009, Windsor was denied a spouse's exemption and forced to pay federal taxes on the estate of her late wife, Thea Spyer, who also was Jewish, although their Canadian marriage was recognized as legal by the State of NY, where they resided. Kaplan said Windsor's victory was a landmark for Jews, particularly.

Windsor, a NY woman, helped pave the way for gay marriage nationwide when she challenged a federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

"Edie", and Thea Spyer, a psychologist, met in the 1960s in a NY restaurant and spent four decades engaged to be married before they finally tied the knot in Canada in 2007. There was one story that gained national attention of a deportation proceeding of a gay Colombian man despite being legally married to a US citizen that was stopped minutes after the Supreme Court decision.

"The Jewish Theological Seminary, for the first time in its entire history, submitted an amicus brief in a court case", Kaplan said in the sermon.

By bringing her revolutionary suit, Windsor was simply fighting to make her life - all of our (LGBT) lives - ordinary. "No, I have a problem because I'm still terribly in love with Thea", she said.



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