Time magazine today announced Pope Francis as the 2013 Person of the Year, but DOMA defendant Edie Windsor was number three. Although her name became well-known for winning this year’s Supreme Court case that ruled parts of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, unconstitutional, most people don’t know much about Edith Windsor, or her wife, Thea Spyer.
For their Person of the Year feature, Time’s deputy photo editor Paul Moakley created this beautiful, heart-warming video from photos Edie and Thea took of their lives together. Edie narrates what is a four-and-a-half-minute tribute to her late wife, their life together, being lesbians in the late twentieth century, and the heart-break of having to live in the closet.
“The photographs depict the shared life of a successful couple who could afford to enjoy life, taking exotic vacations all around the world,” Time writes:
The two always appear beautiful, stylish and elegant. But what isn’t evident is the sadness they felt being closeted. Windsor recalls a conversation with Spyer reflecting on their relationship after several decades: “You know, we have both been very successful in our careers. What could we have been if we hadn’t put all that energy into being hidden?” And Spyer replied to Windsor, “Oh, it’s nothing. No effect on me at all.”
“But within ten minutes we were both crying,” recalls Windsor. “So that had plenty of effect on both of us, obviously. But not that you knew actively, at the time.”
“I think the truth is that if you really care about the quality of somebody’s life as much as you care about the quality of your own, you have it made.”
It truly is fitting that their life together brought down DOMA.
Thank you, Edie and Thea.
Hat tip: Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress
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