Lacey resident Janice Langbehn spoke modestly Wednesday when President Barack Obama announced she would be flown to the White House next week to receive a Presidential Citizens Medal along with 12 other Americans.
Langbehn is being recognized for her effort to win visitation rights for gay and lesbian couples. A Florida hospital had barred her and four adopted children from seeing her partner, Lisa Pond, in 2007 – until after Pond died alone from a brain aneurysm.
She sued, and more recently Obama issued an executive order to keep something similar from happening again in any hospital that receives federal funds.
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