In a transparent sop to the gay community, the White House has announced it will be posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Milk and non-posthumously awarding one to Billy Jean King as well. It's great for two openly gay Americans to be recognized in this fashion. But I'd rather have civil rights myself.

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