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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, Edith Windsor speaks during an interview in her New York City apartment. Windsor, who brought a Supreme Court case that struck down parts of a federal law that banned same-sex marriage, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in New York, according to her attorney. She was 88.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Edith Windsor, who helped end the federal gay marriage ban, has died. She was 88.

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Edith Windsor, the LGBTQ activist who served as the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at age 88, according to a report by The New York Times.

Windsor's rise to fame began when she sued the federal government for not recognizing her marriage to her late first wife.

Her case landed in the Supreme Court in 2013.

When the justices ruled in her favor, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, it paved the way for a later case which would legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

She is survived by her current wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.

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