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Van Cliburn, America's greatest classical pianist, dies at age 78

Van Cliburn, the American classical pianist who stunned the world in 1958 by winning the gold medal in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow during the height of the Cold War, died today of bone cancer. He was 78.

Obama honors PFLAG founder with Presidential Citizens Medal

Jeanne Manford, the pioneering straight ally in the gay rights movement, and the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), was honored posthumously with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, at a White House ceremony.

COMMENTARY: Separate but equal is never equal – ever

A civil union is not a marriage and does not offer the same legal benefits, dignity and respect as a marriage - just as separate but equal was never, ever equal. It was, and is, merely – separate.