Astronaut Sally Ride's partner won't receive government death benefits. Thanks, homophobes.
Sally Kohn at TIME, writing about
the female domestic partner
of Sally Ride, physicist and first American woman in space
: "Under federal law, Ride’s domestic partner of 27 years will not receive death benefits or Social Security payments. Is that any way to treat a hero?" It's an injustice, but it's not NASA's fault. Nor, of course, is the injustice limited to the case of Sally Ride and the woman who loved her. This is all DOMA
. (via Steve Silberman)