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Presidential Memorandum Demands Hospital Visitation for Gays & Lesbians

Posted in Legal, LGBT Rights, News with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Chase

Can queers visit their partner’s bedside at a federally funded hospital? Yes we can.

“There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold, a shoulder on which to lean — a loved one to be there for us, as we would be there for them.”

“Yet every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides… uniquely affected are gay and lesbian Americans who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives — unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated.”

Read the memorandum here

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