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We've already picked up a little heat on NBCNews.com over this item ... which adds a little extra perspective to the items on other sites about a personal aspect of Sally Ride's life. But we can take the heat: 
In life, Sally Ride became famous as America's first woman in space — and in death, she's now added to her fame as the first acknowledged gay astronaut. The revelation came in a low-key way: Monday's ...
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Evil Liberal Conspiracy! ;-)
Enjoy the heat.
 
Sad that anyone's sexuality is somehow newsworthy.  
 
Just like it's sad that anyone's gender is somehow newsworthy. ;-)
 
In this case, Dr. Ride's survivor will not be able to collect any benefits due to the Defense of Marriage Act.  That makes it newsworthy.
 
It's sad that this country (and humanity in general) is still so primitive in certain aspects when we are capable of accomplishments such as landing on the moon.
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