Roger Gorley was handcuffed and forced to leave the hospital bedside of his boyfriend of five years after refusing to leave because a member of Allen’s family was already there and refused to allow Gorley to see the man he had spent five years of his life with. According to Roger, he and Allen have joint power of attorney, which would trump the family’s right to refuse Roger entry. He said “I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner. She didn’t even bother to go look it up to check into it. He’s been at the psychiatric unit part several times.”
The incident happened at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The hospital went one step further and filed a restraining order against Roger to prevent him from entering the hospital.
The hospital claims that it does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, but without commenting on the specific case, claims that “We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process. 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.”
The hospital could face actions similar to the kind that other hospitals have faced in the wake of such discrimination as it was Allen’s family member who started the problem, not Roger.
In 2010, the Obama Administration informed all hospitals that, if they receive Medicare and Medicaid, they had to allow patients to determine who has visitation rights and who can make medical decisions, and this included the LGBT Community.
Apparently someone at the hospital didn’t get the memo.