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Edith Windsor: A Life Well Lived

September 13, 2017

What does one say at the end of the journey for Edith Windsor?

I have nothing but the utmost respect for how she marshaled her personal struggle for national good. She  is now part of the pantheon of heroes who’ve led us as a people forward, expanding what’s best about our country.

When we look at the words courageous, indefatigable, or tenacious in the dictionary there should be a picture of her to underscore the words.  With her mission she changed the lives of gay men and women in this nation and in bold ways enhanced liberty and freedom for all.   I call her a patriot.

As a history buff and one who has thought a great deal more in depth about the Constitution since spending 10 days in Washington, D.C. this spring I can combine my thoughts now with the passing of Windsor.  I continue to be in awe of the document which started this nation along with the bill of rights.   I know our Constitution is a living document and Windsor demonstrated once again of the resiliency and power contained within it to reveal rights that our framers could not even imagine.

But the rights we now have as gay Americans did not just happen but were proven to be contained in the Constitution due to the pressure from people like Edith.  She is one of our national heroes.

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  1. onevote permalink
    September 13, 2017 10:06 PM

    Bless Edith, for a life well-lived. Agreed.

    Personally, I’ve never met her or read about her in the popular press.

    As a progressive Democrat, a former English major as well as being a participant in our Wisconsin workforce, I hope — for all concerned — that identity politics can be minimized, while econonomic equality can be maximized.

    Some folks can never get married, have a life and family, simply because of their economic situation.

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