Windsor rose to national prominence after she sued the federal government for not recognizing her marriage to her late first wife. Her case, United States v. Windsor, ultimately made it to the Supreme Court in 2013, and preceded the 2015 high court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The Pennsylvania native wed her second wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, last year.
In a statement to HuffPost, Kasen-Windsor called Windsor “the light of my life.”
“The world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality,” she said. “She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community which she loved so much and which loved her right back.”
Echoing those sentiments was attorney Roberta Kaplan, who said representing Windsor in her Supreme Court case “was and will always be the greatest honor of my life.”
“She will go down in the history books as a true American hero. With Edie’s passing,” Kaplan said. “I lost not only a treasured client, but a member of my family.”
Fortunately, Windsor’s legacy as an LGBTQ rights pioneer seems poised to live on for generations. See what Andy Cohen, “Orange is The New Black” star Lea DeLaria, “Ugly Betty” veteran Michael Urie, former President Bill Clinton and other notables had to say about Windsor’s passing.
Rest in peace Edith Windsor. We'll be grateful to you for the rest of our lives... https://t.co/RvisofSlBB?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Andy Cohen (@Andy) September 12, 2017
Very sad to read of Edith Windsor's passing. Our world is better for her life. Keeping her wife Judith, all her family & friends in my heart https://t.co/K3HebHZhyb?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) September 12, 2017
In standing up for herself, Edie also stood up for millions of Americans and their rights. May she rest in peace. https://t.co/9nNazdmnPP?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) September 12, 2017
Thank you, Edie https://t.co/RfbKXkHccO?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) September 12, 2017
Rest in peace, Edie Windsor. Thank you for your courage, for your fighting spirit, and for being such an inspiration to us all. https://t.co/ss1YXWy5Qa?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 12, 2017
The arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. But sometimes it needs a good kick in the ass from people like Edie Windsor.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 12, 2017
Godspeed, Edith Windsor.— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 12, 2017
Long live Edie Windsor! We will be forever grateful. https://t.co/fXdtbxZ5RA?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Andrew Lippa (@lippaofficial) September 12, 2017
She blazed a trail. May she rest in power. https://t.co/Cx52gaN2NY?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) September 12, 2017
Heartbroken to hear about the death of American hero Edith Windsor. Her landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. pic.twitter.com/RloBBqqpzo— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) September 12, 2017
Heartbroken to learn of the passing of my friend Edie Windsor.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 12, 2017
Fight for what is right and change the world.https://t.co/aUEo7rkIJQ?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313
Today we lost a giant in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Rest in peace, Edie. https://t.co/P41CnSoVOp?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) September 12, 2017
Rest in peace, Edie Windsor. Thank you for paving the way. pic.twitter.com/KRLjCWdcqx— ACLU National (@ACLU) September 12, 2017
Edith Windsor made this country better. Her courage means millions of Americans can now marry the person they love. #LoveWins— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 12, 2017
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.