Congresswoman Maloney Mourns the Death of Edith Windsor

Sep 12, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Edith Windsor at the 2016 Dedication of the Stonewall National Monument

“It was with great sadness that I learned today of the death of my friend and hero, Edith Windsor, who will be remembered by historians for her Supreme Court case that led to marriage equality becoming the law of the land. But ‘Edie’ will be remembered by those of us  lucky enough to know her as a warm, energetic, and courageous activist for equal rights, who changed the world for the better for millions, by following her heart and using her head.

“Edie was a math wiz, who studied applied math at Harvard and rose through the ranks at IBM to become a Senior Systems Programmer. In a time when it was not easy, she was a woman who had the courage to listen closely to the murmurs of her own heart. After a brief, failed conventional marriage, she moved to my great city of New York, where she knew she would have the freedom to, as she put it, ‘let myself be gay.’

“Years later, her court victory made it possible for millions of same-sex couples to be married, to visit their loved ones in hospitals, and to enjoy federal recognition for the first time and with it, the numerous federal benefits only available to spouses, like Social Security.

“I so enjoyed seeing her at the Stonewall National Monument dedication last June 27, 2016. She was as always, joyful and vibrant, beautiful and caring. The battle for equal rights of our LGBT citizens, had in many ways, begun at Stonewall, led up to the Supreme Court with Edie’s case, and continues to this day.

“I think Edie Windsor is best remembered as one of those fortunate souls who can leave this life, knowing with certainty, that her courage and her actions helped to bend the moral arc of this universe a few degrees closer towards justice. My sincere condolences to her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor and all those who loved her.”

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