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DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor makes TIME Person of the Year short list

Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the court case that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, has made the short list for TIME magazine 2013 Person of the Year for her role in extending US Federal Government recognition of same-sex marriages
Edie Windsor
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The woman who’s challenge to the US Federal Government’s ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been named as one of the contenders to be named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year.

United States v. Windsor plaintiff Edie Windsor was announced as one of the contenders yesterday by TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs on the Today show.

Other contenders for Person of the Year include Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Republican Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pope Francis I, Miley Cyrus, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who oversaw the launch of the Affordable Care Act – popularly known as Obamacare

TIME will announce who it has selected as 2013 Person of the Year tomorrow on the Today show.

Gibbs said people might be surprised at some of the names selected this year but told Today, ‘Power is not just political.’

‘It can be cultural, it can be spiritual.’

Interestingly, the person chosen by TIME’s own readership as the Person of the Year in a poll did not make the list.

TIME readers picked Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled the first democratically-elected government in that country’s history after the Muslim Brotherhood took power.

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