John M. Becker

Look: President Obama Thanks Edie Windsor

Filed By John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Edie Windsor, gay marriage, marriage equality, Oval Office, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, White House, Windsor v. United States

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, put up a post on the White House blog today about our favorite marriage equality hero, Edie Windsor.

Jarrett's post, called "Thank You, Edie Windsor," contains a brief recap of Edie and Thea Spyer's story, the Windsor decision, and the Obama administration's enthusiastic efforts to implement it as broadly as possible. She also recounts a meeting between Edie and President Obama that took place on Wednesday:

When the Court handed down its decision last June, President Obama called Edie from Air Force One to congratulate her on her victory. And earlier this week, the President invited Edie to the France State Dinner and the Oval Office to thank her in person.

The thanks expressed by the President that day have been echoed by millions of Americans, including thousands of legally married couples who can now live their lives with greater justice and dignity - thanks to heroes like Edie Windsor who have been willing to stand up and fight for equality under the law.

The White House sent over Jarrett's post (which is worth reading in full), along with a photo of President Obama receiving Edie Windsor in the Oval Office. The historic picture is after the jump.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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