Person of the Week: Edie Windsor

Women crucial in the fight for equal rights for same-sex couples talks about why she took a stand.
2:59 | 06/28/13

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And finally tonight, our person of the week. In this week of supreme court decisions changing american lives, it was also a week in which we got to know the tiny gladiator named edid I windsor who won that victory for same-sex marriage. She says she decided after a lifetime of hiding, she would take a stand for love. She's the high spirited joy-filled proof that anyone can rise up and change history. An 84-year-old trail blazer edie windsor who grew up in philadelphia. Father owned an ice cream shop. As a young girl, she looked like a classic pin-up. But had a secret inside. She was working at ibm. We lunched together, drank together after work. The thing is, I never went to the wine tastings on the weekend because I was queer. And then everybody was with dates and I was not about to admit that. She says she tried to be straight, got married for a year, then divorced. Then one night met a woman and they began to dance and never stopped. We danced the whole night. Such that at the end of it, edie had danced a hole through the bottom of her stockings. They lived their secret life inside greenwich village. In 1963 when the world outside was living the idea that true love was only trait like frankie and annette. Love is a million things, it's magical. Even if you're too afraid to wear a ring. Instead she had a circle pin. It was only late that edie windsor began to understand that life in secret is life denied. That truth is freedom even if you're 79. I never told the truth until five years ago, when I finally told the truth. At some point, somebody came out and said, I'm gay, which gave a couple more people the guts to do it. Finally, ready to tell the world the story of their 42 years together, years of adventure, years of laughter, and devotion. Edie was a caregiver was thea was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They married two years before thea died. And their story would earn that victory in tupreme court. And you're still wearing the pin? Yeah. I know what she would say. She would say, you did it, honey! Keeping a promise that they would dance, for better, for worse, forever. And so we choose edie windsor, who by the way, plans to have a dance party to celebrate that victory at the supreme court.

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