>> Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit prompted the Supreme Court decision to grant gay couples federal benefits has died. Her second wife, Judith Kasen Windsor, confirmed the death Tuesday, saying in a statement quote, the world lost a tiny, but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice, and equality.
Windsor sued the federal government after being forced to pay additional estate state taxes, because it did not recognize her marriage to Thea Spyer under the Defense of Marriage Act. Spyer had died in 2009, and Windsor was unable to claim certain tax benefits under the law. The Supreme Court then ruled in favor of Windsor.
>> Children born today will grow up in a world without DOMA. And those same children who happen to be gay will be free to love and get married as Thea and I did, but with the same federal benefits, protections, and dignity as everyone else.>> Her 2013 victory will be credited with laying the ground work for the for the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling in another case that legalized same sex marriage nationwide.
No cause of death was given, Windsor was 88 years old.