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Freedom From Religion Foundation founder Anne Gaylor dies


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The outspoken founder of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has died.

The foundation wrote on its website Monday that 88-year-old Anne Nicol Gaylor died just before midnight Sunday following complications from a May 30 fall in her apartment.

Gaylor co-founded the atheist and agnostic awareness group in 1976 along with her daughter Annie Laurie Gaylor. The elder Gaylor served as president until 2004.

The group has grown to be the largest of its kind in the country, frequently filing lawsuits defending the separation of church and state. The group also annually puts up a display each holiday season in the Wisconsin state Capitol celebrating atheism.

Gaylor also co-founded the Women's Medical Fund, an abortion rights charity that has served more than 20,000 Wisconsin women.

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