Obama orders hospital rights for same sex couples

President Obama issued a memo today asking the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would stop hospitals from denying visitation rights to gay and lesbian couples.

In his memo, the President said:

Gay and lesbian Americans are “uniquely affected” by relatives-only policies at hospitals, Obama said, adding that they “are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives — unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated.”

This is one step in the right direction, folks.  You can read President Obama’s entire memorandum here.

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