President Obama moves to extend hospital visitation rights to same-sex couples

April 15, 2010

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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WASHINGTON, April 15 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to President Obama’s memorandum tonight that instructs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prohibit hospitals from denying visitation rights to same-sex partners, and allow same-sex couples to share medical power of attorney. The new rule will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"With this action, the government is taking a significant step toward recognizing our underlying humanity. Most people in this country already agree that no one should be left alone to die or be denied the right to see their loved ones in the hospital due to cruel and discriminatory bias. This is a profoundly painful experience that loving families all across the country have had to endure for years. An end to this practice can't come soon enough. We are pleased the administration has taken this step."

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