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Barack Obama Pens Eloquent Tribute to Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor speaks with then-President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following the death of LGBTQ rights activist Edie Windsor yesterday, Former President Barack Obama shared a heartfelt statement in her memory.

In the statement, which was posted to his Facebook page, Obama indicated that he had spoken to Windsor a few days prior to her death to acknowledge the difference she made by speaking up for equal treatment for same-sex couples.

“I had the privilege to speak with Edie a few days ago, and to tell her one more time what a difference she made to this country we love. She was engaged to her partner, Thea, for forty years. After a wedding in Canada, they were married for less than two. But federal law didn’t recognize a marriage like theirs as valid – which meant that they were denied certain federal rights and benefits that other married couples enjoyed. And when Thea passed away, Edie spoke up – not for special treatment, but for equal treatment – so that other legally married same-sex couples could enjoy the same federal rights and benefits as anyone else,” Obama wrote.

You can read Obama’s full statement below.

Annie Brown
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