While co-hosting her show “MSNBC Live With Velshi and Ruhle,” Stephanie Ruhle heaped praise on recently-deceased, gay marriage advocate Edith Windsor.
“This woman — a true, true champion,” Ruhle said of the name behind a 2013 Supreme Court ruling which forced the federal government to recognize same-sex married couples.
“This woman deserves a monument,” Ruhle added before describing how Windsor sued the federal government which charged her hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes after her partner Thea Spyer died.
“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,” she added.
On Tuesday, Windsor died at the age of 88. “She died a hero, a champion, an extraordinary New Yorker,” Ruhle said, “a life well-lived.”
Two years after Windsor won her case, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a Constitutional right to marry.
Watch Ruhle's comments below, via MSNBC.