Edith “Edie” Windsor passed away yesterday at the age of 88. She will be remembered by so many for giving them the legal right to be married to those they love regardless of their sexual orientation. Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. The suit eventually came before the Supreme Court and was decided 5-4 in her favor.
According to CNN,
Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that with Windsor’s death, ‘we lost one of this country’s great civil rights pioneers.’
‘The wheels of progress turn forward because of people like Edie, who are willing to stand up in the face of injustice,’ Romero said in a statement. ‘One simply cannot write the history of the gay rights movement without reserving immense credit and gratitude for Edie Windsor.’
Windsor was a true American hero. She took action in the face of adversity. Her courage, fortitude, and passion will make a difference in millions of lives to come.