HRC REMEMBERS MARRIAGE EQUALITY PIONEER EDITH WINDSOR: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) responded to the heartbreaking news that Edith “Edie” Windsor has passed away at the age of 88 with this statement: “Edie Windsor is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more perfect union. Future generations will learn how she faced down discrimination with courage and defiance, and boldly challenged the United States government to treat her marriage to Thea Spyer equally under the law -- as our Constitution guarantees. After Edie Windsor succeeded in defeating the Defense of Marriage Act, she continued to push forward, galvanizing the support of hundreds of thousands of Americans in support of the Obergefell case before the United States Supreme Court in 2015. We join millions across the nation in mourning the loss of Edie Windsor, and share our deepest condolences with her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.” Windsor, plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, successfully challenged and defeated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013. Her case was argued by Roberta Kaplan, and paved the way for the 2015 Supreme Court decision that granted nationwide marriage equality, Obergefell v. Hodges. Windsor was also the first signatory on the “People’s Brief,” a first-of-its-kind amicus brief signed by more than 200,000 Americans -- the largest such brief in history -- and submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in the Obergefell case. More from The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/us/edith-windsor-dead-same-sex-marriage-doma.html?_r=0 


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