Gay Man Arrested After Refusing To Leave Sick Partner at Missouri Hospital

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A gay man who refused to leave the bedside of his sick partner was issued a restraining order and won’t be able to visit him anymore—even though the couple shared power of attorney and made medicals decision for each other.

Roger Gorley, whose partner was staying at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, was escorted out of the facility by security and handcuffed earlier this week after he refused to leave his partner when the family asked him to, according to Kansas City Fox station WDAF.

“I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner,” Gorley told WDAF, adding that the nurse on duty refused to verify their joint Power of Attorney status. “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 Research Medical Center issued a response on it’s Facebook page, saying their actions to escort Gorley out of the building had nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

“This was an issue of disruptive and belligerent behavior by the visitor that affected patient care. The hospital’s response followed the same policies that would apply to any individual engaged in this behavior in a patient care setting and was not in any way related to the patient’s or the visitor’s sexual orientation or marital status,” the hospital writes.

“This visitor created a barrier for us to care for the patient. Attempts were made to deescalate the situation. Unfortunately, we had no choice but to involve security and the Kansas City MO Police Department.”

The medical center also clarified that they were not involved in issuing the restraining order.

The Huffington Post points out that in 2010, President Obama ordered all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid payments to allow patients, regardless of sexual orientation, to determine who has visitation rights and who can make medical decisions.


  Sergio N. Candido

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