First American woman in space, Sally Ride, has died from pancreatic cancer. She has been survived by her female partner of 27 years, Tam O’Shaughnessy, a childhood friend. It is at sad times like this that the [consequence of the] inability to marry for same-sex couples becomes apparent. Ms. O’Shaughnessy will find their estate will be taxed at rates well in excess to those which would exist for similarly situated straight couple. She is also not allowed to collect any of Ride’s pension. Thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act the federal government is not allowed to recognize her as Ms. Ride’s widow. According to federal law they were nothing but roommates. And Republicans are fighting to defend this.
No, not all Republicans. Not Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Not our own Sen. Allan Kittleman or Del. Wade Kach or Del. Robert Costa. And not many thousands of other Republicans across the country.