Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edith Windsor, Who Helped End Gay Marriage Ban, Dies at 88

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edith Windsor, Who Helped End Gay Marriage Ban, Dies at 88

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NEW YORK * Edith Windsor, a widow who brought a landmark Supreme Court case that struck down parts of a federal anti-gay-marriage law and paved a path toward legalizing same-sex nuptials nationwide, died Tuesday (Sept. 12, 2017). She was 88.

Ms. Windsor died in New York, said her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. The cause of death wasn't given, but Ms. Windsor had struggled with heart issues for years.

"The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality," said her current spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor. They married last year.

Ms. Windsor became a gay rights pioneer after her first spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The women had married legally in Canada in 2007 after spending more than 40 years together.

At 81, Ms. …

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