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Edith Windsor, LGBT Rights Activist and 'Engine of History,' Dies at 88

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Julia Conley, staff writer

Edith Windsor, whose fight for federal recognition of her marriage to her partner of 40 years helped to strike down the anti-LGBT Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and paved the way for full marriage equality, died on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Windsor married her longtime partner Thea Spyer in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died two years later, Windsor inherited her estate, only to be hit with a $363,000 tax bill—the federal estate tax from which she would have been exempt had she been married to a man.

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