Edie Windsor, 84, Drove Fight for Same-Sex Rights

Diane Sawyer talks to the woman who was instrumental in monumental same sex ruling.
2:35 | 06/26/13

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Transcript for Edie Windsor, 84, Drove Fight for Same-Sex Rights
out earlier, there is one woman who is being celebrated tonight. An unlikely gladiator, cheered as the champion of today's historic change. She is tiny, five feet tall, 100 pounds, 84 years old. Edieindsor was with her late partner, thea spyer, for 42 years, and told us earlier tonight, this victory is for her. When you heard the news -- yeah. What did you do? Cried. First thing. Okay? The room was full of people. Everyone screaming and crying at the same time. When you see the words, though, edie windsor versus the united states of america -- when I first saw it, I was terrified. I was just, what have I done? And then I gradually got used to it and understood that the government wasn't going to be personally mad at me. I talked to the president this morning and he was absolutely charming and congratulated me and I thanked him for what he had done in speaking up. How young do you feel tonight? Oh, I feel like I'm 84. Unquestionably. You said that it's the beginning of the end of stigma. Yeah. The end of lying about who we are -- the beginning of the end of stigma, okay? Of lying about who we are. I think it's the end of suicides, I think it's the end of teenagers falling in love and not knowing that there's a future for them, okay, with love? I say the beginning of the end, because things do take a very long time. But for someone tonight who remains opposed, what do you most want to say to them? Maybe trust me, okay? I think it will only be better. My country is now giving dignity to this beautiful person that i lived with, okay? And today my country gave dignity and appreciated who she was. 42 years. Yeah. Do you think about what you would like to say to her today? I said it. I looked at her picture and i said, honey, it's done. It's really done. I know what she would say. She would say, you did it, honey, okay? The remarkable 84-year-oldwindsor. And now we shift to another

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