Homosexual Hospital Patients Now Finally Treated Like Human Beings04.15.10
In a memo to the Department of Health and Human Services, President Obama extended visitation rights to same-sex couples in hospitals.
This is huge.
There are countless heartbreaking stories of people – like that of Bryan Dickenson and Bill Sugg – banned from the death beds of their beloveds simply because their unions – no matter how long they’ve been together – weren’t recognized by the state, which meant that the hospitals wouldn’t let them near their dying loved ones — only allowing those related by blood or marriage.
Denying people the basic right to be with those whom they love during their last moments is abominable and unforgivable. I can’t imagine how much fear and misguided hatred must be in the hearts of the people who pushed for that to remain the status quo. Thankfully now, in “any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding, a move that covers the vast majority of the nation’s health-care institutions,” patients will be able to choose who they want in the room with them — regardless of their sexual orientation or their marital status.
That’s how it always should’ve been. It’s so nice to finally see that wrong made right.