Target: Edith Windsor
Goal: Recognize Edith for her bravery and undying commitment to equality for same-sex couples.
Edith Windsor is a proper New York City lady. She is 83 years old, dresses in elegant, classic clothes, and speaks eloquently and politely. She is also an outspoken, courageous gay rights activist who spent 40 years with the love of her life before flying up to Toronto, Canada to be officially married.
Just hours earlier, Edie’s fiance Thea Spyer, who had suffered with multiple sclerosis for years, was told she had less than a year to live. The next morning, Thea got up and asked Edie, “Do you still want to get married?” Of course, Edie said yes. They packed their bags and flew to Toronto for a modest wedding ceremony filled with nothing but pure joy. After four decades, Edie and Thea finally enjoyed formal recognition of the beautiful love they shared. Twenty-one months later, Thea died after a long, grueling struggle with her debilitating disease.
Edie truly loved her wife, and it meant the world to her to finally be able to marry the woman she had devoted herself to completely. Edie and Thea built a wonderful, passionate relationship on pure, selfless love. Heartbroken, Edie grieved her late wife. However, she remained strong to fight for equality. After Thea’s death, Edie was forced to pay $363,000 in federal estate taxes that would have been waived had her spouse been a man. But because she was a woman, Edie’s marriage was not recognized by the federal government. Although it was recognized by the state of New York, her lifelong commitment to Thea meant nothing in the eyes of federal law enforcers. Edie challenged the United States in a case known as Windsor vs. United States and was eventually reimbursed her money. However, Edie faced a great injustice. She was denied equal treatment for being a lesbian and choosing to marry a woman. Every citizen is entitled to marry whomever they choose; Edie’s love was pure, selfless, and beautiful, and she is no exception.
Shortly after Thea’s death, Edie suffered a heart attack. A prompt recovery paved the way for a ceaseless fight against inequality as she continually strives for justice. With courage, compassion, and perseverance that is truly unique, Edie is an utter inspiration. Sign this petition to show Edie the appreciation and admiration she deserves.
Dear Ms. Windsor,
You are truly an inspirational woman. Your story touches hearts all over the world and you deserve to be recognized for that. Edith, you possess a courage that is as fearless as it is powerful. You are driven by conviction to do what is right and just. For that, you have my utmost respect and admiration.
I would also like to thank you for your undying perseverance in our nation’s ceaseless fight for equality. Not just equality for gays and lesbians, but equality for everyone. Injustice hurts, as you have experienced firsthand. After your wife died, you were required to pay thousands of dollars as a result of deeply rooted injustices that prevail in the American legal system. As you are well aware, had your wife been a husband, you would not have faced these charges. It would be a gross understatement to say that what happened to you was unfair. Words cannot capture the injustice, disrespect, and strife that you have endured. The federal government treated you unjustly and robbed you of inherent freedoms afforded to you as an American citizen.
You are a strong woman, Edith. Thank you for everything you have done. You are an inspiration to many people, and your bravery is truly admirable. You inspire me to fight for what I believe in and treat all people fairly. Edith, I commend your courage and ceaseless perseverance. Good luck in your future endeavors; you have my support every step of the way.
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