Edith Windsor has died at the age of 88. Edie was tiny in stature but massive in impact. She is not just an LGBT hero. Edie is an American hero. I am posting from a device (Google is having a very bad day) so I will be brief. Obergefell v. Hodges would not exist in the absence of United States v. Windsor (the DOMA case).

The case was about a spousal exemption to estate taxes. The amount of  the tax at issue was $363,053 What some people do not know is that early on the IRS said “no mas” – you win. You do not owe us close to $400 thousand. Most people would have left it at that. Not Edie. Ms. Windsor, a lifelong activist, knew that this was an issue of principle. Her tenacity and courage prevailed.

Edith Windsor deserves a permanent monument. Perhaps it will inspire the next champion of minority rights. We need a way to replace our sadness with a celebration of Edie’s life.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.