Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the landmark 2013 Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at the age of 88.  Ms. Windsor sued the federal government after being denied a tax refund when her fiancée of 40 years and wife of two years, Thea Spyer, died. “I felt distressed and anguished that in the eyes of my government, the woman I had loved and cared for and shared my life with was not my legal spouse but was considered to be a stranger with no relationship to me,” Ms. Windsor said after her victory.  Two years later the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. 


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