Ms. Windsor died in NY, said her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. According to the New York Times, the ruling in favor of Windsor was the first time married same-sex couples received federal recognition. It was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States of America. "Edith opened the door for all LGBTQ Americans to experience this magic - and we are forever indebted to her because of it".
Other people posted messages on social media. The US supreme court dealt a final blow for marriage equality in 2015. In an op-ed for CNN later that year, she reflected on her decision to seek justice.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio took to Twitter after news of Windsor's death broke, writing: "The arc of the moral universe bends toward justice". There will simply be me, there will be my fiancée, and there will be a legal document telling the world what we've known all along: that we are two women who are madly in love and plan to stay that way for the next half-century or so. "He married the right girl and had a lovely life".
Her relationship with Spyer captivated the hearts of those, especially, who didn't quite understand just what was so important about same-sex couples having the ability to marry. As she explained to OUT about their first meeting, "We made love all afternoon and went dancing all night-and that was the beginning".
Edith Windsor helped change all that, for me and for millions of others. "We are grateful for her perseverance and tenacity, and she will be forever remembered as an iconic symbol of love and equality". "It's a culmination of an engagement that happened between us in 1967 when we didn't dream that we'd be able to marry". The women married in Canada when they realized they might not live long enough to see NY legalize same-sex marriage.
Gay Marriage Advocate Edith Windsor Dies at 88
Like many gays and lesbians of her time, Windsor became active in politics after the riots at the Stonewall Inn, a series of demonstrations in New York's Greenwich Village prompted by a police raid of the Inn, one of Manhattan's few gay bars.
She was helping to create a new statewide gay rights group after Empire State Pride Agenda, the state's leading LGBT group, disbanded in 2015.
"I grew up knowing that society thought I was inferior", she told the AP in 2012. "A Congressional aide told her she was the Rosa Parks of our generation".
Earlier today, the New York Timesreported that Edith Windsor has died. Windsor requested that, in lieu of flowers, any donations in her memory be made to one of the following four LGBT organizations: The LGBT Center of NY, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth, or SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment).
"People asked, 'What could be different?" Gays and lesbians, separated! I see this as another huge step towards equality-I combine, it, obviously, with my case.