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

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:

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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.

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