During the past year, the new pope has tried to dial down the anti-gay rhetoric.
He said the church has become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception. He has tried to shift the church’s focus to the poor and oppressed.
“If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge,” the Pope said.
His position on same-sex marriage, however, didn’t change the church’s stance.
“The teaching of the church … is clear,” he said.
In it’s announcement, Time called Windsor “the unlikely activist.”
“In her ninth decade, she started a judicial odyssey, fighting a battle she never expected to wage — let alone win,” Time wrote. “Now she’s the matriarch of the gay-rights movement.”
For many in the LGBT community, however, Windsor has had a more immediate and personal affect.
Anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz came in at No. 5 as “the barn burner.”