Time's Eliza Gray give a moving profile of Edith, the 84 year-old widow who was forced to pay over $300,000 in taxes after the death of her legally married spouse, Thea Spyer. That action prompted Windsor to sue the federal government to recognize her marriage, leading to the Supreme Court overturning section 3 of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)."
It is difficult to overstate the practical benefits to every gay American following Windsor’s victory in June. After the Supreme Court decision, gay couples could file joint tax returns, get access to veterans’ and Social Security benefits, hold on to their homes when their spouses died and get green cards for their foreign husbands and wives. For many couples—especially those with children and those without means—these benefits and protections are not merely symbolic. At the beginning, for Windsor and Kaplan, the case was about getting Edie her money back.
“I am honored that Time chose me as one of the final 5 individuals as ‘Person of the Year,’ but I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality for all our families,” said Edie Windsor. “There are thousands of people who helped us come this far and we still have a lot more work to do. The gay community is my ‘person of the year’ and I look forward to continuing to fight for equal rights and educate the public about our lives alongside my gay brothers and sisters and our allies.” Windsor continued. “Even without taking the ‘Person of the Year’ even being in the top 5 is an extraordinary way to end a year that has been historic for all of us and truly spectacular for me and gave me the chance to tell my story via Time through an interview and audio interview with photo slideshow. Thea would be thrilled, proud and so happy to see what we have all accomplished together,” concluded Windsor.
GLAAD was on the ground during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, bringing you images and sounds from the rallies outside. When DOMA was overturned, Edith appeared and spoke at a rally in front of the Stonewall Inn, which featured LGBT advocates, including GLAAD's Acting President, Dave Montez.
"Time's Person of the Year is always a reflection on the biggest newsmakers of the year, and Edie Windsor's inclusion speaks volumes about the tremendous advances for equality," said Wilson Cruz, GLAAD's National Spokesperson. “Edie decided to fight -- not just for herself -- but for all LGBT people, and we will forever be in her debt."
Read the whole profile of Edith Windsor at Time, or watch the video below to learn about Edith Windsor's remarkable life.