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NYCLU Statement on the Death of Edie Windsor


Edith Windsor, lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case United States v. Windsor, died today at the age of 88. The New York Civil Liberties Union was proud to serve as co-counsel with the ACLU and Robbie Kaplan for Ms. Windsor in the case, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

The following statement is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

“Edie Windsor was a tireless champion of love, equality and fairness whose courage and tenacity transformed the landscape of civil rights across our country. As one of the first woman computer scientists at IBM, she was an early pioneer for women’s rights. Her spirit and grit are etched into our national history. She was fond of reminding us, ‘don’t postpone joy.’ While our hearts ache today, they are also filled with the joy of having known Edie as a client, a friend and a vibrant force for love and justice.”

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