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I probably wouldn't have pointed to Amazon.com as a champion of progressive thought and equality, but what do I know?

Gaywired.com reports that Dana Rudolph, publisher of Mombian.com, was interested in entering an Amazon.com contest that offered a prize of $25,000 in college tuition. The recipient of the prize could either be the winner or the winner’s immediate family member, which the website categorized as “his or her spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and siblings.”

Yeah -- about that. Gays and lesbians can’t have spouses in almost every state in the country, and in some states can’t even be adoptive parents. So by Amazon.com’s original terms, Rudolph’s lesbian partner isn’t her family.

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These stories rarely turn out well. But, enter Amazon.com executive customer relations employee Jennifer Hanner, who wrote back to Rudolph's letter questioning the policy to say the following:

“In the event a winner of this sweepstakes wishes to apply the prize to his or her domestic partner—whether same-sex or opposite-sex—Amazon.com will apply an expanded definition of ‘immediate family’ to permit the prize to be applied to domestic partners as long as the couple is able to provide proof of the relationship,”