“I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn't recognized as being the partner,” Gorley said.
While not legally recognized as a couple in Missouri, Gorley says he and his partner Allen have been in a civil union for nearly five years, and make medical decisions for each other.
He says the nurse refused to verify they also share joint Power of Attorney.
“She didn't even bother to go look it up to check into it,” Gorley said. “He’s been at the psychiatric unit part several times.”
Under a 2010 memorandum, signed by President Obama, any hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding must allow visitation rights for gay partners, reported the Washington Post.
“We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process,” the hospital said in a statement. “And, the patient`s needs are always our first priority. When anyone becomes disruptive to providing the necessary patient care, we involve our security team to help calm the situation and to protect our patients and staff. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance.”
Originally posted by intrepid
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
I don't think so. My guess is this is an ongoing problem with this family. The partner was removed because he was disruptive. He probably was dealing with that family.
Originally posted by Unity_99
In a legal marriage the spouse comes first so the squabbles don't matter, the family has no say, they would evict family not spouse.
That is why this is a gay rights issue, he was authority there not the family, as the partner/spouse.