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Watch NYU Honor Edith Windsor, DOMA’s Supreme Court Plaintiff

“As the highest court in the land deliberates your case … you, our beloved graduate, are a moving testament to the power and tenacity of this nation’s evolving search for justice and equality,” New York University President John Sexton said at the school’s commencement Wednesday. Windsor received the school’s presidential medal.

2. In honoring Edith Windsor at Wednesday’s commencement ceremony, NYU president John Sexton said, “You were drawn to New York and Greenwich Village … by the opportunity, as you say it, to be gay.”

3. “You also found in Greenwich Village the woman who became your beloved spouse, the beautiful, vibrant and whip-smart Thea Spyer,” he told the crowd gathered at Yankee Stadium.

4. Detailing the tax bill Windsor had to pay because of DOMA after Spyer’s death, he said, “And so, an 83-year-old lesbian took the fight all the way to the Supreme Court.”

5. “As the highest court in the land deliberates your case … you, our beloved graduate, are a moving testament to the power and tenacity of this nation’s evolving search for justice and equality.”

6. “I am proud, on behalf of New York University, to present you its presidential medal,” he closed, to roaring applause and a “thank you” from Windsor.

7. And the audience tweeted their love:

Edith Windsor just got an award at my graduation. I love this school.

— zoeschlanger (@Zoe Schlanger)

Zoe Schlanger

@zoeschlanger

Edith Windsor just got an award at my graduation. I love this school.

Edith Windsor is the ultimate bad bitch

— dinosaurosie (@Roselyn Sebastian)

Roselyn Sebastian

@dinosaurosie

Edith Windsor is the ultimate bad bitch

Edith Windsor is adorable for 83, heck I'd marry her! #congratagradNYU #NYUCommencement

— AndyChoi26 (@Andrew B. Choi)

Andrew B. Choi

@AndyChoi26

Edith Windsor is adorable for 83, heck I’d marry her! #congratagradNYU #NYUCommencement

Proud as I am, I'm ever more proud of the #NYU Presidential Medal given today to Edith Schlain Windsor, lifelong LGBT rights advocate

— linton_weeks (@Jackie Linton)

Jackie Linton

@linton_weeks

Proud as I am, I’m ever more proud of the #NYU Presidential Medal given today to Edith Schlain Windsor, lifelong LGBT rights advocate

2 standing ovations for Edith Windsor. Proud of this school. #NYU

— uniqueid (@Fernando Gonzalez)

Fernando Gonzalez

@uniqueid

2 standing ovations for Edith Windsor. Proud of this school. #NYU

My boo Edith Windsor killing it at commencement. Because of people like you, every day is gay pride day for me.

— lindseypsolomon (@Lindsey Solomon)

Lindsey Solomon

@lindseypsolomon

My boo Edith Windsor killing it at commencement. Because of people like you, every day is gay pride day for me.

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com
 
 
          
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