I would add another possible name to the list, at least until this week: Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the landmark case before the Supreme Court that made marriage equality the law of the land in 2015.
Windsor sued the federal government after Spyer's death, saying its definition of marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman prevented her from getting a marital deduction on Spyer's estate.
The activist Edith Windsor, leading in battle that culminated with historic decision of U.S. Supreme Court to validate marriage between couples of same sex, passed away this Tuesday in NY at age 88. "Today, JTS signed on to a brief at the United States Supreme Court arguing that the marriages of gay people should be respected under the law".
Win she did: The justices ruled 5-4 in June 2013 that a provision in the law barring the USA government from recognizing same-sex unions was unconstitutional.
Windsor, born in Philadelphia in 1929 and oldest of three brors, married in Canada in 2007 with Thea Spyer, your partner for more than 40 years, who died in 2009 of multiple sclerosis.
Windsor, who marveled at the arc of gay rights in her lifetime, died Tuesday in NY at age 88, said her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan.
Spyer came into her life in 1963, and they became a couple two years later.
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"I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality", Kasen-Windsor, who married Edith in 2016, said in a statement, according to Colin Dwyer of NPR.
The ruling did not affirm a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, which at the time was illegal in 37 states.
"America's long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what's right", Obama wrote.
In 2013, the Supreme Court made a ruling on Windsor's suit, limiting gay marriage to 13 states and the District of Columbia.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said he was heartbroken by the death of a woman who "embodied the NY spirit, taking it upon herself to tear down barriers for others". The marriage ended after she told him she was gay.
Windsor was represented at that battle by Robert Kaplan, who indicated, to mourn his death, have been his lawyer was " great honor" of his life. In 2007, they legally married in Canada - a union that was recognized by the state of NY.
Concerned that an engagement ring would bring unwanted attention to Windsor's sexual orientation, Spyer gave her a diamond brooch instead.
Despite not being a total decision that completely legalized same-sex marriages, the Windsor ruling was seen as a major victory for LGBT rights.