Missouri Hospital Under Attack For Barring Gay Partner Visitation Rights

Categories: LGBT, News, Politics

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Via Facebook
Gorley (right) and Mansell.
A change.org petition is in the works as angry comments continue to accumulate on the Facebook page for Research Medical Center in suburban Kansas City.

Yesterday news broke that hospital security forced a gay man from the bedside of his sick partner. In an interview with FOX 4 News, Roger Gorley says that he was visiting his partner, Allen Mansell, on Tuesday when one of Mansell's relatives asked that he be removed. When Gorley didn't budge, hospital security forcibly removed him in handcuffs. Gorley says a restraining order has since been filed against him barring him from visiting his partner.

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Although Missouri does not recognize gay marriage, Gorley says that he and Mansell have been in a civil union for five years and share power of attorney over each other. Yesterday, Research Medical Center responded that it does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or race. It also issued a statement saying that "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."

But that hasn't stopped dozens of commenters from hammering the hospital on social media.

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In 2010 President Barack Obama issued an executive order calling for hospitals to grant visitation rights to same-sex partners or risk losing Medicare and Medicaid funding. Now, in an online petition against Regional Medical Center, change.org is asking the president to make good on his vow. The petition states:
"The Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services has an obligation to enforce its executive order by investigating this matter and levying sanctions against Research Medical Center, up to and including the removal of federal funding."

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JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Mr. Obama's EO has no teeth. Congress authorizes expenditures that the executive branch must spend. For those wishing to give the president more powers, consider the day that the opposition regains power.

Paul Martinez
Paul Martinez

They need more help if the law is not upheld!

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

this is bullshit. And by bullshit I mean just plain old unfair

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

hahhaha. wow what is next it will be illegal to go to mc donalds..lmfao

Becky Mandel Currie
Becky Mandel Currie

Does this couple have a civil union or legal directive indicating their wishes? I'm pretty sure that kind of legal document would solve this issue with our without a change in laws. Don't forget, some of the privacy laws and HIPA laws were put in place by people or activists who wanted them. Personally, they are a total pain in the a$$ in my opinion. Even if you are married, you can't get information on your own spouse or child unless they specifically indicate their permission in writing. Until the laws change, I hope all of my LBGT friends get a legal directive so this won't happen to them too. It's so wrong and just plain cruel!

Lossy Dreamsequence
Lossy Dreamsequence

Yea, I don't understand how this could have happened if he had power of attorney. There must have been some type of yelling match or disruptive behavior the article is not covering. It doesn't matter if you have power of attorney if you are cursing and being disruptive in a hospital full of sick people. I'd like to read a real article about this incident and not some watery RFT coverage.

cjharman
cjharman

Curious on if he was interfering with the hospital's ability to care for the patient?

Bradley Hardin
Bradley Hardin

Pearl, he has power of attorney, the family has no say. The hospital broke the law.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

It's up to the family! They barred him, not the hospital, they follow family wishes!

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

I don't know about this story being too sensational- it has been covered by many major national news organizations, and I think it serves as an excellent example of how gay people are discriminated against. For those who are too dim or too hateful to understand how this is discrimination, go get your news from somewhere that better fits your bigoted world view.

David Rodriguez
David Rodriguez

...Cause the answer to things you don't like is leave? Then what are all the extremist republicans still doing here? Because they don't seem to like blacks, hispanics, gays, pagans, drag queens, people on welfare, or anyone pro gun control, soooo... Take your own advice? Meanwhile, I'll be working to CORRECT the things I don't like about the place I call home, because I have as much right to call it home as anyone else... as I'd recommend anyone else who calls it home do. :)

Jess Horsley
Jess Horsley

Bart - you're so very right - after visiting Memphis and seeing the pictures of the white men and women who marched AGAINST equal rights back in the 50s and 60s, one of the thoughts that kept going through my head was "Wow...I wonder what their kids think of how they acted and what they did?" Same will be true for those against LGBT today. The sooner the better too! No change for equality happens fast enough!

Lauren M Brace
Lauren M Brace

This is ridiculous, people need to practice kindness.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

How do we sign up to help with the attack (?). Missouri will be one of the last but it will happen here. Then all the haters, some of which are in this thread, will be silent. But we'll remember them. And the real justice will come when the hater's children look at their parents with disgust and disbelief that their parents actually held such views.

Andy Wright
Andy Wright

Sounds like his In-laws are complete assholes.

Mandy Paris
Mandy Paris

RFT, you're too sensationalist now ::

Jess Horsley
Jess Horsley

Do you really need to ask that question? OF COURSE THEY DO!

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

Some protection is already in place, but the hospital needs to follow the law. Obviously more is needed.

barsadude
barsadude

@cjharman he had the power of attorney , The brother took  the Patient against his will and his Partner's( who  has the Power of  attorney) He  had every  right  to be there ant to take the  check the patient out  if saw it fit! 

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