More significant for the LGBT community, however, is the fact that Edie Windsor -- whose lawsuit brought about the end of Section 3 of DOMA -- was selected as second runner-up, behind only Francis and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
In a statement emailed today announcing the launch of her new website, ediewindsor.com, Windsor remarked,
"I am honored that Time chose me as one of the number 3 individuals in the top 5 nominees for 'Person of the Year,' but I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality for all our families. There are thousands of people who helped us come this far and we still have a lot more work to do. The gay community is my 'person of the year' and I look forward to continuing to fight for equal rights and educate the public about our lives alongside my gay brothers and sisters and our allies.
"Even without taking the 'Person of the Year' even being in the top 5 is an extraordinary way to end a year that has been historic for all of us and truly spectacular for me and gave me the chance to tell my story via Time through an interview and audio interview with photo slideshow. Thea would be thrilled, proud and so happy to see what we have all accomplished together."
A video profile of Windsor and a comment from Eliza Gray, a TIME staff writer, is after the jump.