Edith Windsor was an American gay woman at the center of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The act did not recognize same-sex marriage and banned benefits for legally married same-sex couples. Windsor filed the lawsuit after learning that she had to pay more than $300,000 in inheritance taxes after the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer, in 2009. Windsor passed away in September of 2017.
Edith Windsor was born Edith Schlain in 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James D. and Celia Schlain. She graduated from Temple University and afterward married a man. She was not happy, however, and asked her husband for a divorce less than a year later. Windsor...Read more
- June 20, 1929
- September 12, 2017
- Schlain, Edith