Apparently President Obama's decision last night—to change the rules that allow hospitals to use an antiquated definition of "family" to keep families apart—was catalyzed by a New York Times story about Janice Langhben and Lisa Pond. Partners for 18 years, with four children, Ms. Langhben (and the kids!) were not allowed to see Ms. Pond as she lay dying from a brain aneurysm—she died alone. (Jesus, just thinking about it makes me want to kill.)
Though it's not particularly earth-shattering, hopefully this announcement will at the very least prevent situations like this from ever happening again. Because America's not a cruel, unthinking society right?