Edith Windsor, Plaintiff in Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Dies at 88

Her 2013 Supreme Court case found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

Edith Windsor
Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor, LGBTQ activist and lead plaintiff in a pivotal Supreme Court marriage-equality case, died Tuesday at age 88, according to the New York Times.

Windsor’s case eliminated the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 by granting federal recognition and benefits to same-sex married couples.

That decision was limited to 13 states and the District of Columbia, but it was followed by a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that declared same-sex couples throughout the nation had a constitutional right to marry.

Windsor is survived by wife Judith Kasen-Windsor. The pair wed in October 2016.

Numerous public figures shared their grief and appreciation on Twitter, and an array of these messages can be seen below.