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A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

BY ANDY HUMM | Outside the Upper East Side’s Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, Edie Windsor’s comrades from the grassroots marriage equality movement lined up more than an hour and a half early to make sure they would get a seat inside for her September 15 memorial service. These were the people from Marriage Equality New […]

Edie Windsor, Equality’s Champion, Dies at 88

Edie Windsor, Equality’s Champion, Dies at 88

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Edie Windsor, a tireless advocate for LGBTQ rights who became a worldwide icon at age 84 when her lawsuit against the US government led the Supreme Court, in 2013, to strike down the key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, has died at the age of 88. “I lost my beloved […]

Thea Spyer Center Dedicated at Callen-Lorde

Thea Spyer Center Dedicated at Callen-Lorde

BY ANDY HUMM | Edie Windsor’s name was immortalized as the named plaintiff in the 2013 US Supreme Court decision that won federal recognition for married same-sex couples. On November 3, her late spouse’s name was given a place of honor as the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center dedicated its building at 230 West 17th Street […]

Love’s Second Chance

Love’s Second Chance

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I lived with a spectacular woman for 40 years, and now I live with another one. It didn’t occur to me that I would find another person in my life. It didn’t occur to me that I would have another such love in my life.” That was Edie Windsor last week, talking […]

Edie Windsor Weds Judith Kasen

Edie Windsor Weds Judith Kasen

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Edie Windsor, the heroic marriage equality plaintiff who successfully challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, got married this week at City Hall in New York. On September 26, Windsor, 87, wed Judith Kasen, who is a vice president at Wells Fargo. Windsor arrived before the Supreme Court in […]

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | More than 200 pages into “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who won the 2013 case before the Supreme Court that struck down the most significant part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, describes one of many moot court sessions she […]

Edie’s Victory, Our Progress, and the Road Ahead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was in the late winter of 2004 when I met Edie Windsor and the woman she would marry several years later in Toronto, Thea Spyer. A couple of weeks before, Gavin Newsom, then mayor of San Francisco, declared that city had the authority to marry same-sex couples. Relying on a legal […]

Edie Windsor Claims Her Victory –– and Ours

Edie Windsor Claims Her Victory –– and Ours

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “Internalized homophobia is a bitch,” Edie Windsor told a jam-packed news conference at Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center just two hours after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Windsor was saying that for a long time during her 44-year relationship with her late spouse Thea Spyer, […]

Rally Celebrates Supreme Court Wins, Hails Windsor

Rally Celebrates Supreme Court Wins, Hails Windsor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A June 26 Manhattan rally was as much a salute to Edie Windsor as it was a celebration of the two victories the US Supreme Court handed the gay and lesbian community that day. “The federal government picked the wrong New Yorker to screw with,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at […]

Will Supreme Court Rule on DOMA?

Will Supreme Court Rule on DOMA?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When the Supreme Court accepted the petition by the US solicitor general that it take up Edie Windsor’s lawsuit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it posed two questions that could derail any quick resolution about the 1996 law’s constitutionality. First, the solicitor general must address whether the federal […]