Edith Windsor, the woman whose victory at the Supreme Court paved the way for equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, said Sunday she was “so honored” Hillary Clinton cited her as an LGBT role model.

The Washington Blade last week asked Clinton: “Whom would you identify as an LGBT role model?”

“I’m inspired by Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that paved the way for marriage equality,” Clinton answered.

“Edie is a truly remarkable woman: smart, feisty, and very brave. She came of age at a time when many LGBT people felt they couldn’t live openly – but she had the courage to stand up for her marriage in such a bold, public way and the faith to believe that justice would ultimately prevail. And even though her own case has been fought and won, she’s still fighting just as fiercely for the rights of all LGBT Americans,” she added.

Windsor's wife Thea Spyer died two years after the couple married in Canada. The New York resident 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 Spyer's death in 2009.

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, which found that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Windsor responded to Clinton in an op-ed.

While I am obviously so honored by her remarks, I actually think that the person those words best describe is Hillary herself,” she wrote. “Hillary is a fighter who never gives up. As the first woman President of the United States, she will fight for the Equality Act, take on LGBT homelessness, and will implement a plan to move us closer to an AIDS-free generation.”

Windsor went on to encourage readers to vote for Clinton: “We must defeat [Donald] Trump and his homophobic vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence.”