Edie Windsor, the woman whose victory
at the Supreme Court paved the way for equal marriage rights for gay
and lesbian couples, has remarried.
Windsor, 87, and Judith Kasen, 51,
exchanged vows on Monday at City Hall in New York, according to The
New York Times.
Windsor met her first wife, Thea Spyer,
in the 1960s. Spyer died in 2009, two years after the women married
in Canada. Windsor challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),
which prohibited the federal government from recognizing the couple's
marriage, after she received a $363,000 estate tax bill following
The 2013 Supreme Court ruling that
struck down a key provision of DOMA is also credited with providing
the legal framework for last year's landmark ruling in Obergefell.
A “romance blossomed” between the
women after Kasen took Windsor out on a date, the Times
reported. Their first date was a Hanukkah party hosted by Roberta
Kaplan, Windsor's lawyer.
“I'm so glad that I could play a part
(albeit a small one) in Edie finding love and happiness once again,”
Kaplan told NBC
Out in an email.
Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in
Obergefell, congratulated the couple in a tweet.