Philadelphia, the childhood hometown of the late lesbian activist Edie Windsor, named a street for her in an October 7 ceremony. As of 2 p.m. on Sunday, the corner of Locust Street and South 13th Street near 1301 Locust became known as “Edie Windsor Way.”
Windsor, who died at 88 last year on September 12, was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor that in 2013 won federal rights for legally married same-sex couples, overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. It won her back hundreds of thousands in estate taxes that she had to pay after the death of her wife, Thea Spyer. Windsor later married Judith Kasen-Windsor, who was in Philadelphia for the ceremony, along with other New Yorkers including a contingent from Gays Against Guns. Windsor’s cousin, Philadelphia resident Sunnie Baron Freeman, whom Edie always called “Baby,” was also on hand.