edith-edie-windsor

Edith (Edie) Windsor, 1929-2017

Edith (Edie) Windsor, 1929-2017

Edith (Edie) Windsor, 1929-2017
Edie Windsor was an American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM. Windsor met Thea Spyer, an Amsterdam-born psychologist in 1963; in 1967, Spyer asked Windsor to marry, although it was not yet legal anywhere in the United States. In June 1969, Windsor and Spyer returned from a vacation in Italy to discover the Stonewall Riots had begun the night before. In the following years, the couple publicly participated in LGBT marches and events. They also lent their Cadillac convertible to LGBT rights organizations. Windsor continued to be a public advocate for same-sex marriage in the years following United States v. Windsor. She helped Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jerrold Nadler introduce the Respect for Marriage Act at a press conference in Washington, D.C. in 2011. She was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States. The Obama Administration and federal agencies extended rights, privileges and benefits to married same-sex couples because of the decision.

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  1. Edith (Edie) Windsor, 1929-2017
    Edie Windsor was an American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM. Windsor met Thea Spyer, an Amsterdam-born psychologist in 1963; in 1967, Spyer asked Windsor to marry, although it was not yet legal anywhere in the United States. In June 1969, Windsor and Spyer returned from a vacation in Italy to discover the Stonewall Riots had begun the night before. In the following years, the couple publicly participated in LGBT marches and events. They also lent their Cadillac convertible to LGBT rights organizations. Windsor continued to be a public advocate for same-sex marriage in the years following United States v. Windsor. She helped Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jerrold Nadler introduce the Respect for Marriage Act at a press conference in Washington, D.C. in 2011. She was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States. The Obama Administration and federal agencies extended rights, privileges and benefits to married same-sex couples because of the decision.

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