Remembering Edith “Edie” Windsor

Democrats for Equality,

This afternoon, we learned that Edith Windsor passed away. She was 88.

Edith’s landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) in one of the seminal moments for LGBT rights in history. Marriage equality became the law of the land.

President Obama offered some thoughts on her passing.

I had the privilege to speak with Edie a few days ago, and to tell her one more time what a difference she made to this country we love. She was engaged to her partner, Thea, for forty years. After a wedding in Canada, they were married for less than two. But federal law didn’t recognize a marriage like theirs as valid – which meant that they were denied certain federal rights and benefits that other married couples enjoyed. And when Thea passed away, Edie spoke up – not for special treatment, but for equal treatment – so that other legally married same-sex couples could enjoy the same federal rights and benefits as anyone else.

On behalf of San Diego Democrats for Equality… Thank you, Edie. Your actions helped change the world for millions. You will be missed.

I want to thank Jose Caballero and the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club for co-hosting an incredibly successful Picnic w/ Progressives last weekend. We had a great turnout of members from both clubs, as well as new folks who were interested in joining — and becoming active — in both!

We even discussed making it an annual event. The partnership between both clubs who were at once supportive of Hillary and Bernie, we recognize, can be stronger by being united for a common cause.

Also last week, we welcomed NextGEN America Founder Tom Steyer to our new club office in Hillcrest to meet and greet with our new staff, and to talk about our goals and expressed his confidence in our club and our efforts.

Our staff has been hard at work building the infrastructure for our voter engagement and registration efforts. Last weekend, we engaged in voter registration efforts at South Bay Pride. Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Padilla and our endorsed candidate for County Sheriff Dave Myers stopped by.

Reminder about our next club meeting… it’s coming up on Thursday, September 21. We will be meeting at 7:00pm at Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest. Here’s our endorsement considerations for the meeting:

  • Friendly Incumbent in Assembly District 80
  • Friendly Incumbent in Congressional District 52
  • Congressional District 50 Forum

Schedule depending, we may be entertaining Friendly Incumbent endorsements in Congressional District 53, Assembly District 79, and Chula Vista Mayor as well.

In Solidarity.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality