Sally Ride is/was one of America's most inspirational heroes. She was the first American woman in space, and inspired hundreds of thousands of girls to get into science and math. Yet for 27 years she had to keep her marriage to her partner secret. Yet after 27 years, her partner, the widow of an American Hero, will not get the same benefits afforded heterosexual widows. This needs to end. Our heroes shouldn't have to hide who they are.