From parentsociety.com column I write:
Roger Gorley and Allen Mansell’s
loving, normal life as a same-sex couple was radically changed in the
past few weeks when Allen went into the Kansas City, Missouri’s Research
Medical Center to deal with his depression. Roger and Allen went into
the hospital with all the legal papers — otherwise known as power of
attorney — needed for a same-sex couple when one of the individuals in
the relationship goes into a hospital.
Unlike straight couples, same-sex couples need to have paper to prove
who has power to decide on the medical care of the other person, when
he or she is not capable of making a medical decision. Allen’s brother,
Lee Mansell, did not care about the papers that the couple had signed,
giving each other the power to make the decisions in the
hospital. Instead, Lee had Roger forcibly removed from the hospital,
because Allen’s family is disapproving of Allen and Roger’s
relationship. Roger fought back against the personnel of the hospital
and Allen’s brother as he struggled to stay by his partner Allen’s side.
Roger then was told that he was not to step foot into the hospital
again. A lawsuit has now been filed against the Medical Center, with a
fund being raised for attorney’s costs.
More here: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/hospital-visits-made-easy-for-lgbtq-parents/
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