The Washington Post, LA Times, and other papers mentioned RO's partner as well, in the obits, as they should. It's customary to mention the next of kin in obits and in tributes. And RO's partner is clearly specified in his Wikipedia entry.
What concerns me -- I didn't want to mention it in the other thread, because someone said "let's get back to the tributes" and someone else wrote "it's disrespectful to mention it" (I think RO would be horrified at that last remark)-- is that there seem to be those here who are uncomfortable with the fact that TCM's very own icon was gay.
Like it somehow sullies the discussion of his life and career. There are still plenty of people who are "OK" with others being gay as long as they themselves don't have to go on record and be part of the discussion.