LGBTQ Activist Edie Windsor Has Officially Remarried at 87
Edith "Edie" Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together for 44 years before finally marrying one another in Canada in 2007.
By 2009, Spyer had passed away from aortic stenosis, leaving Windsor to inherit her estate, which came with $363,053 in taxes to be paid to the federal government, and $275,528 to the state of New York.
Because the espousal was that of a same-sex couple, married in another country — under the Defense of Marriage Act — Windsor was not entitled to exemption as most other straight-widowers are.
But, with the help of MAKER Roberta Kaplan, attorney for the United States v. Windsor case, Windsor won because it was declared that that section of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, setting a precedent that "influenced the legalization of gay marriage in 2015."
Last week, however, seven years after the loss of her first love, and three years after the landmark case, Windsor, now 87, remarried at City Hall in New York.
"I was empty and then this woman walked into my life," Windsor told The New York Times of 51-year-old Judith Kasen. "I didn't think it would happen again and it did."
And after meeting each other through various gay rights events, Windsor and Kasen knew this was "it."
"It was an understated ceremony," The New York Times wrote, "The brides arrived in a black Uber car with just one witness... Ms. Windsor and Ms. Kasen wore black suits and wound up at the clerk's office a little later than usual." But, despite the modest ceremony, "For Ms. Windsor, marriage to Ms. Kasen is a fortuitous story about finding love in widowhood."
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