Bil Browning

They'd Have to Arrest Me Too

Filed By Bil Browning | April 11, 2013 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: hospital visitation rights, Kansas City, power of attorney, Research Medical Center, Roger Gorley

If anyone tried to keep me from Jerame's bedside at the hospital, they'd have to remove me in handcuffs too - especially if we had a civil union plus I had power of attorney for medical decisions.roger-gorley.jpg

A gay man was arrested at a hospital in Missouri this week when he refused to leave the bedside of his partner, and now a restraining order is preventing him from any type of visitation.

Roger Gorley told WDAF that even though he has power of attorney to handle his partner's affairs, a family member asked him to leave when he visited Research Medical Center in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Gorley said he refused to leave his partner Allen's bedside, and that's when security put him in handcuffs and escorted him from the building.

"I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn't recognized as being the partner," Gorley explained.

Of course, Obama signed a presidential order mandating that hospitals allow gay couples the same visitation rights, but the medical center is sticking by its guns.

"We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process," the hospital said in a statement. "And, the patient`s needs are always our first priority. 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. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance."

Oh, trust me. If some nurse decided I couldn't see my love, the situation would definitely "escalate." If they are so dedicated to families, they need to allow this man in to see his partner. And it needs to be a priority.


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