Despite being in a civil union for five years, a gay man was asked to leave his partner’s hospital room in Kansas City, Missouri, when one of the patient’s family members objected to his presence.
Roger Gorley refused to leave so the security staff at Research Medical Center ordered him off of hospital grounds and the police were called.
‘I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner,’ Gorley tells the local Fox affiliate.
Gorley says he and Allen Mansell have been in a civil partnership for nearly five years and meaning they have joint Power of Attorney and can make medical decisions on each others’ behalf.
But he says hospital staff were not interested in confirming this.
‘(The nurse) didn’t even bother to go look it up to check into it,’ Gorley said. ‘He’s been at the psychiatric unit part several times.’
The hospital released a statement Thursday defending their actions and stating that they offer domestic partner benefits to employees and have a policy of acknowledging the visitation rights of domestic partners.
‘This was an issue of disruptive and belligerent behavior by the visitor that affected patient care,’ states Denise Charpentier, vice president of marketing and public relations.
She said the hospital’s response ‘was not in any way related to the patient’s or the visitor’s sexual orientation or marital status.’