Obama extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners of gays

April 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Obama extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners of gays:According to WashingtonPost –President Obama on Thursday that the mandate of most hospitals to extend visitation rights to gay and lsbn couples and patients’ decisions about “who can make critical decisions in health care for them, perhaps over most important to date in its efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans.

The President ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visits in a note that was emailed to reporters late Thursday while on a fundraiser in Miami.

Government officials and gay activists, who have been quietly working together on the issue, said the new rule will affect any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds, a move that covers the vast majority of health institutions nation. For Obama begin a rulemaking process at HHS could take several months, officials said.

Hospitals often visitors of bars that are not related to an incompetent patient by blood or marriage, and rights activists say that many hmosxls do not respect the efforts of same-sex couples “to designate a partner to take medical decisions for seriously ill or injured.

“Discrimination affects every facet of life of lsbn, gay, bisexual and transgender people, even in times of crisis and illness, when our loved ones need us more than ever,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement praising the president’s decision.

Obama’s mandate is the latest attempt by his administration to advance the agenda of an electorate that supported his presidential campaign.

In its first 15 months in office, welcomed the approval of hate crimes laws and held the first celebration of Gay Pride Day at the White House. Last month, senior military of Obama and defense officials testified before Congress in favor of the repeal of “do not ask, do not tell” policy on hmosxls in the military.

But the movements were too slow for some gay rights activists, who have urged the president to be more active and outspoken in defense of their causes. John Aravosis, a prominent gay blogger, wrote last October that “Obama track record in keeping its promises gay was quite abominable.”

Other gay rights advocates have defended the administration, while simultaneously lobbying Congress to act on broader issues such as approval of an Employment Non-discrimination Act and an end to the ban on open gays serving in the armed forces .

“We see this as part of our ongoing effort to encourage the administration to take action when you have the authority to act,” said David Smith, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign. “We have been working and lobbying the administration on our legislative agenda. That work continues.”

Gay activists have argued for years that the recognition of same-sex marriages could alleviate the stress associated with not being able to visit hospitalized members.

But opponents of same-sex marriage have asked the question to visit a red herring, saying that proponents want to provide special rights for gay Americans have no other. A group spokesman said the move of the president was part of a broader effort to appease the gay and undermine the institution of marriage.

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