In Memoriam — Edie Windsor

By Suzanne Goldberg
Cross-Posted to the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law Blog

It is with great sadness that we honor the passing of Edie Windsor, victorious marriage-equality plaintiff in United States v. Windsor and long-time leader in the LGBT community. We had the privilege of welcoming Edie to Columbia Law School in February 2014 as the keynote speaker for the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law Symposium on Marriage Equality and Reproductive Rights: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead. Introducing her then, we recognized her iconic status as a person whose willingness to fight back against discrimination helped to transform the law, politics and and many communities in the United States and beyond:

It is not often that a law school gets to welcome a rock star. But in our world, Edie Windsor is a rock star. She is one of the major civil rights plaintiffs of our lifetime, whose lawsuit challenged — and triumphed over — the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Her victory in that suit has been vital to changing the landscape of marriage equality for all Americans.
Excerpt from “A Conversation with Edie Windsor,” by Suzanne Goldberg, Madeline M. Gomez and Andrew Chesley in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

Edie, we will miss you, your courage, your great sense of humor, and your tireless commitment to making this a better world for all.

Edie Windsor addressing Students, Faculty and Staff at Columbia Law School in 2014.