You Don't Need to Redefine Marriage to Get Hospital Visitation


President Obama's ruling proves it:

The Department of Health & Human Services will enforce the policy granting hospital visitation rights to gay couples...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid sent a letter to state survey and certification agencies clarifying the mandate that President Barack Obama issued last year. All hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds must allow patients to designate their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a same-sex partner. --AP


  1. Andrew D
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Does NOM support or oppose this policy?

  2. Sheryl Carver
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    And if the patient is unconscious & unable to designate their partner as a visitor? If heterosexual couples had to jump through the same hoops to try to get half the rights they currently have, everyone would understand why marriage equality is so important.

  3. Barb
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Responsible people decide in advance who will make medical decisions for them if they are unable to do it for themselves, as well as who can visit them.

    The hospital visitation argument spewed forth by pseudo marriage advocates has always been a crock. Now, with this mandate, the validity of the hospital visitation argument has become less than zero, even for those who are too lazy to fill out the same simple paperwork that so many of us real married couples do as a matter of course.

  4. catholicdad
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Exactly, Barb. Nothing but a red herring. What the marriage corruption movement wants is legal benefits of married couples, which would, of course, then be impossible to deny any other couple, under the woefully absurd legal precedent thus established.

    It is always so important to recall that pseudo-marriage is not merely wrong.

    It is insane.

  5. Louis E.
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Sheryl Carver,forbidding same-sex sexual relationships to be treated as if they were of as much worth as opposite-sex ones IS important.Anybody should be able to designate a friend or medical proxy,nobody should be able to represent a same-sex lover as entitled by that affair to precede a blood relative.

  6. Posted September 14, 2011 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Andrew D just threw out a good question. Does NOM support this decision or not. Already other religious right groups are speaking against it. Is NOM saying that it supports the HHS decision. If not, then NOM is being hypocritical.

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