For many of us, our greatest wish is not to love and be loved in return, but also be able to share the one we love with the world. Unfortunately, for many gay and lesbian couples, they had to live and love in the shadows, unable to share themselves and their love with their neighbors, family and friends.
Then came Edith Windsor. Her partner of several decades was Thea Spyer. They married 10 years ago in Canada. After Dr. Spyer passed away in 2009, her wife inherited her estate. The problem was that in 2009, gay marriage was not yet recognized as an acceptable legal partnership and the IRS send Ms. Windsor a bill for nearly $400,000. She sued, paving the way for the lesbian and gay couples to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Edith Windsor passed away today. She was 88.
All she wanted to do was to have her love recognized, to be seen as if she was married to a man instead of a woman. In doing so, she not only opened the door for other couples in her situation to have rights, but to also open people’s minds that love is love and marriage is between two people (regardless of sex) who love each other and are willing to make lifelong commitment.
RIP Edith Windsor.