Obama Orders Hospitals to Allow Gay Visitation, Medical Rights

In a nod to the rights of lesbian and gay couples, President Obama has ordered the nation's hospitals to allow patients to determine for themselves who has visitation rights and who can make medical decisions. In a memo, Obama instructed the health and human services secretary to draft new rules for hospitals that receive federal Medicare and Medicaid payments. The order gives LGBT partners the same visitation and health proxy rights that are enjoyed by immediate family members. Most...Full Story
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