Edith Windsor was a computer programmer who became a gay rights pioneer.
Back in 2013 she helped overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that kept same-sex couples from being recognized as spouses (and receiving federal marriage benefits) — and it all started because she wanted a tax refund.
She died today at the age of 88, according to the New York Times.
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Windsor, who often went by her nickname, Edie, first met her future wife, Thea Spyer, at a Greenwich Village New York restaurant in 1963. But it wasn’t until two years later that Windsor started dating Spyer more seriously. Read more…
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