What’s the matter with Missouri? This:
Roger Gorley went to visit his partner, Allen at Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Tuesday afternoon.
He says when he got there, a member of Allen’s family asked him to leave.
But he refused, so hospital security was called and he was forced to leave… in handcuffs. Even though he and his partner have been in a civil union for nearly five years, Gorley says he “was not recognized as being the husband… wasn’t recognized as being the partner.”
He wasn’t “recognized” as being “family.”
Here’s the statement from Research Medical Center (which swearstogod it does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or race) that was shown in the video:
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.
Yes, according to the hospital, the “patient” (loved one, husband) had to be “protected” from the “situation” (loved one, husband).
Marriage equality makes a difference, equality matters. Civil rights matter. People matter. All of us, every person, we matter.
But in that hospital in that state, apparently, some of us don’t.
Despite the fact that this man had a civil union with his partner and also share power of attorney, he was still discriminated against. He was still treated as less equal than a straight person.
Welcome to Lee’s Summit, Missouri’s 2013.
Note: Edited. The article referred to the couple as “partners,” but “husband” is more accurate.