MSNBC Hosts Gush Over 'True Champion' LGBT Activist, Suggest 'Monument'

September 13th, 2017 5:59 PM

On Wednesday's MSNBC Live with Velshi and Ruhle, the two MSNBC hosts ended their show by lavishing over the top praise on a gay rights activist -- Edith Windsor -- who passed away and is credited with helping to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S.

The two recommended that a "statue" or a "monument" be built in her honor, and Stephanie Ruhle lauded her as a "true, true champion" and declared that she "loved" this example their show was highlighting.



At 11: 54 a.m. ET, co-host Ali Velshi recalled that their program sometimes runs updates on actions against Confederate monuments, and then used it as a springboard to suggest a "statue" for Windsor. Here's Velshi:

We've also been following the ongoing fight against Confederate monuments in this country. In light of this, we want to introduce you -- as we do every few days -- to monumental Americans who may be deserving of a statue.

Ruhle then began gushing:

I. Love. This. One. Today. It is LGBT activist Edie Windsor -- her fight for same-sex marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. This woman a true, true champion.

Velshi then recalled that Windsor had entered into a same-sex marriage in Canada, and, when her wife died, Windsor was required to pay a tax on her inheritance because the U.S. did not recognize their marriage.

Ruhle then took over again and called for a "monument" as she added:

This woman deserves a monument. In response, Windsor sued. She argued that the law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. In 2013, she won the case, setting the foundation for a string of rulings that increased the rights of same-sex partners. 

Two years later, in 2015, the Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry, Edie Windsor died last night in New York. She died a hero, a champion, an extraordinary New Yorker. She was 88 years old -- a life well-lived.