Edie Windsor – A True Warrior for Love and Justice

Statement of GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary L. Bonauto

All of us at GLAD are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Edie Windsor. We extend our deepest condolences to her surviving spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor, and to their community of family and friends.

Edie was a true warrior for love and justice, and she lived life with an irrepressible joy. By generously and fearlessly sharing the story of her 40+ year love for Thea Spyer, she helped the nation and the Supreme Court see the humanity in the relationships of same-sex couples. In refusing to accept anything less than full legal respect of their marriage, she changed the lives of many.

We can honor Edie’s legacy by continuing the fight for equality, and by living life to the fullest, as she always did.

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

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