Yesterday, LGBTI activist and hero Edith Windsor passed away at 88.
Barack Obama was President when Windsor took her case to the Supreme Court. There, she successfully ended the Defense of Marriage Act.
Obama, the biggest ally to hold the highest office of the United States, expressed his condolences for Windsor’s passing. He wrote a moving and lengthy tribute to her and posted it on Facebook.
‘America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right,’ the statement began.
‘Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America.’
He then discusses the events that led her to the Supreme Court.
He subsequently called her the day she won her case, United States v. Windsor.
‘I thought about Edie that day,’ he writes, referencing the day the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality. ‘I thought about all the millions of quiet heroes across the decades whose countless small acts of courage slowly made an entire country realize that love is love – and who, in the process, made us all more free. They deserve our gratitude. And so does Edie.’
You can read Obama’s full statement in his Facebook post below.
America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the…