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Elderly Gay Couple Stripped Of Their Rights And Belongings By Sonoma County!

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This is possibly the most heartbreaking, nauseating thing we've read in quite some time.

Absolutely unacceptable.

An elderly homosexual man is pressing charges against Sonoma County in California for separating him from his partner and auctioning off their belongings!

Clay Greene lived with his partner of 20 years, Harold Scull, and apparently had protected all of their legal rights by naming each other in their wills, medical directives, etc.

Despite this, when Harold fell down the stairs and was taken the hospital, the county and health care workers chose to acknowledge Clay as only Harold's 'roommate' and refused to let them see each other. The courts appointed the county access to Harold's bank account to pay for his medical expenses!

The county then forced Clay against his will into a separate nursing home from his partner, and then took all of their belongings, AUCTIONED THEM OFF, and terminated the lease on their home. Harold apparently passed away three months after his accident.

Clay was never able to see him and will never be able to recover any of their belongings or property.

Thankfully, a team of lawyers managed to get Greene released from the home and together are building a case against the county, the auction company, and the nursing homes.

They will be going to trial in July.

We sincerely hope that everyone responsible for this travesty is exposed and punished accordingly for such a hateful, despicable display of cruelty. We can't even imagine the pain and heartbreak that poor man must be going through - to not only lose his partner, but to be separated and completely stripped of his legal rights without merit!

Nobody should have to endure that.

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135 comments to “Elderly Gay Couple Stripped Of Their Rights And Belongings By Sonoma County!”

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    This is indeed sad, but what is sadder Mario is that you are not a good spokesperson for gays anywhere.

  3. slite says – reply to this


    This was a horrible thing to read, the 1st time when it was covered by G awker.

  4. 4

    This is completely fucked up!! You need to use some of your star power on this one Perez!!!

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  6. 6

    Beyond cruel - just beyond cruel. In this case, yes, sue the hell out of them.

  7. 7

    Wow. This sounds like the plot of a Lifetime movie of the week.

  8. 8

    I love how you post this blog as if its absolutely, 100% true. At this point they're just allegations - whether they are found to be true in a court of law remains to be seen. Not saying it didn't happen, but certainly not jumping on your bandwagon of assumption here Perez.

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  10. 10

    I hope he wins the case this is shitty.. =( they do not deserve that and it's an awful way to end life..

  11. zooby says – reply to this


    yes, that IS horrible, but what about the comments of millions of homosexuals on your site that turn around to say the most racist things? hypocritical. are not both forms of hate?

  12. 12

    That is so sad! I cant believe how cruel some people can be or how ignorant sometimes. Both those men must have suffered so much :( I hope that somehow the poor man can get some justice..

  13. 13

    see its not just mississippi that treats gays this way. They get treated this way all over the country!

  14. sj15 says – reply to this


    that is absolutely heartbreaking!! its so hard to believe that things like that are even capable of happening.

  15. 15

    Anyone who isn't completely disgusted and ashamed for humanity by this should have their head checked.

  16. 16

    How heartbreaking! I hope he sues the crap out of them. I just don't get why he didn't get a lawyer to help him before his partner passed away!

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  18. 18

    This makes me fucking sick. I hate people so much.

  19. 19

    no one should have to go through that! awful!

  20. timo says – reply to this


    young people need to be more in your face about protesting. just like black people were during the civil rights movement. holding rallies to bitch about the injustices done towards gay people is just not going to cut it anymore.

  21. Emesa says – reply to this


    This is heartbraking. I can't even imagine how horrible it must be to be wrenched away from your life partner when you need them the most.

  22. 22

    noooooo this makes me sooo sad
    this is devastating! i hate this so much.

  23. 23

    Re: zooby – no they dont wtf stop being a hater

  24. 24

    this is #QUESAD! ppl complain why gay ppl sometimes are hateful… Maybe this is the reason why!!?? @zooby

  25. 25

    yes… our county officials at their finest. how sickening. this is in part ELDER ABUSE. But unfortunately having gone through the county for help myself on a matter; Adult Protective Services IS USELESS.

    i sincerely hope this gets straightened out. NO ONE should have to endure something like this… no matter what age.

  26. 26

    Re: zooby – Comments of millions of homosexuals? Each story gets on average 100 comments, so where you got millions from is stupid. And people from all walks of life are guilty of being racist, not just homosexuals, so shut the hell up.

  27. 27

    This is a heartbreaking story. I can only imagine the feelings of powerlessness and desperation that must have invaded both victims of injustice…and on top of that coping with the loss of a loved one…I don't wish anyone to go through this and I hope justice is done.

  28. 28

    Millions of straight men are forced to support families they will never be part of, or risk going to prison. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  29. 29

    TUFF SHIT-they didnt pay there bills,they spent all there money down at the Bathhouses,what did they expect other people to pay there medical bills and nursing home bills-what would have been Justice is to put the LOVERS on the nearest street corner and you people could stop holding hands and reach in your pocket and put your money in there tin cup.

  30. 30

    well maybe he shouldnt be gay…

  31. 31

    This is horrible and disgusting.
    You homophobes who would condone such a thing are going to hell.

  32. 32

    This makes my blood boil. I want to make a note of this on my calender so I check out what happens during the trial. This is so incredibly tragic.

  33. 33

    This is an extremely heart-wrenching story. I'd really like to think that as humans, we would have more compassion for one another. This story is sad in so many ways.

  34. 34

    this is the saddest thing i've ever read.

  35. 35

    How BARBARIC!!! Very sad indeed that people can do this (and get away with it). I know this isn't the first time it's happened nor will it be the last. These sort of issues need publicity and glad you're there to bring it to attention, Perez! It's very similar to the elderly financial abuse/neglect things that are also rampant!

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  37. 37

    Either gay or straight (common law partners) this is sickening. Perez, while I do appreciate your web site and gossip, let's take into account ALL races, genders and sexual orientation. I know it probably hits home more with you because it is a situation regarding homosexual men, but sometimes race and sexual preferences shouldn't be the main issue. The main issue is that they are human beings.

  38. 38

    Re: pusspuss – This is Mario's MO. Post after post he makes on this blog turn out to be false.

  39. 39

    I'm embarrassed to be an American when I read articles like this. How can we let this happen? We, the level headed, crowd HAVE to be more proactive in being heard. We have to fight for all minorities. Let the baby boomers and the right wing extremist die off- Let the new generations, please, please, please be further evolved…and MAYBE, just maybe, there is hope for our so called 'free land'.

  40. 40

    And the real horror of this story is that they had taken precautions to protect themselves legally only to have them ignored.

  41. 41

    that is so sad..

  42. jham says – reply to this


    The sad sad sad part is that what they did was probably legal. THIS is precisely why there needs to be equal protection under the law. Certain groups of people may wish you to believe that it's ok that the law does not apply equally, because another groups' rights are "well enough" protected. Well clearly they're not.

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  44. 44

    This is utterly heartbreaking!!! What Sonoma County has done is completely reprehensible and I really hope that everyone involved in this travisty is shown that what they've done cannot be accepted! Karma is going to bite all of these scumbags in the ass and I can only hope Greene will be able to take a little solace in this!

  45. 45

    yeah. those darn redneck hillbillies from alabam… wait,, sonoma county? wtf?

  46. 46

    this makes me want to cry.

    im wondering were there family and friends were when all this was happening? if they had any that is.

  47. 47


    On this one I totally concur (that means I agree, Mario).


    I hope this fella's lawyers can fiscally tank Sonoma county and the people and departments involved.


  48. 48

    How is this celebrity gossip? It's not. Start another site to push your agenda, keep to the celebrity gossip on this one.

  49. FMB says – reply to this


    Hey Sonoma County! Guess how much I spent last summer touring your wineries and restaurants? Guess how much I'm NEVER spending in your county again? Guess how many of my gay friends I am forwarding this story to and telling to never drop their ca$h in your pathetic county again? Hope it was worth it to destroy these senior's lives. Why would a county be so vindictive? Guarantee that these republican county officials are cruising for gay sex every chance they get too, that's usually how it works.

  50. 50

    This is truly heartbreaking to hear. I'm at loss for words over how cruel "mankind" can be. Not only is the whole legal thing awful, but Clay never got to be there for Harold before he passed away, I wonder what monsters could deny people such a basic human right? And for the county to completely strip these men of their dignity and wipe their entire lives out as if they had never even existed is beyond cruel and inhumane. SHAME on them for not showing compassion and understanding, they WILL burn in hell for it, no doubt.

  51. 51

    I couldn't be more disgusted with this article. My brother and my sister are both gay and I would be mortified and heartbroken for them if this were to happen to either of them.. This is awful..

  52. 52

    That is disgusting. No matter how much money he may get from the county, it will never make up for the time he lost with his partner of so many years. I hope his lawyers clean that county and retirement out.

  53. Raidy says – reply to this


    This is an absolute disgrace. I cant imagine what poor clay greene has gone through and what he must be going through now. To spend 20 years of your life with someone and then have it all taken away just because your sexuality "by law" doesnt give you the same rights in a relationship as a straight married couple is disgusting. When will people wake up and do whats right. Oh and by the way this story is 100% true…if you look up www.windycitymediagroup.com youll find it there.

  54. 54

    I live in Sonoma County, have for 21 years and this does not reflect everyone living here. I have seen nothing but support for the gay community from a very high % of people here. This is very very sad and makes me upset and I hope this man finds some sort of justice for the wrongs done to him and his partner and that this never happens again. That being said this county is broke, I mean billions in the hole, so hopefully this is more justice driven then cash. God knows the schools can't afford anymore cut backs.

  55. 55

    I hope that Sonoma gets their frickin pants sued off. I live in Nor Cal and Sonoma thinks that their shit don't stink. Well it stinks and then some. How horrible!!!!!!!!!!! My prayers go out to the surviving partner. I am SO sorry you had to experience that. My God help their souls!

  56. 56

    How senselessly tragic! Hopefully this court proceeding goes to trial with HUGE coverage by the media. Laws need to be enacted to clearly give all rights and privileges to a life-long partner! A copy of the will should be presented to the rest of the family, so they know not to step on the couple’s toes. A copy should be provided to the local authorities, if necessary. This tragedy should become a textbook case.

  57. 57

    Indeed a tragedy when partners are forcibly separated at any time, but especially so at the end of life. I am wondering where the lawyers where when this was happening? Something tells me there is more to this story than what is published here, not saying that it makes it right. Perhaps there were homophobic kids or siblings involved who were driving these proceedings. I hope for justice and I hope this story doesn't get buried. It is an opportunity to teach lessons in acceptance and equality. Maybe something for the greater good will come of it, and we will evolve and put and end to stories like this.

  58. 58

    wtf? I thought we were passed all this, america?

  59. 59

    Re: BILL-PAYER – You need help.

  60. 60

    This is so terribly sad. I seriously fucking hate people, i don't understand how this could be done to anyone!

  61. 61

    California, once a sanctuary, is now full of homophobes.

  62. 62

    This is just sickening!!! I hope those involved with taking EVERYTHING away from them, will ROT IN HELL!!! I can't believe how the almighty dollar is worth more than basic decency towards your fellow humans… Like I said, I hope those who auctioned their times, refused to let them visit, etc… ROT IN HELL!!!

  63. 63

    Re: pusspuss – I agree 100% sounds horrible but coming from Perez I'm not that quick to believe. Innocent until proven otherwise…

  64. 64

    I love elderly people! Theyre so innocent and evil people love to take advantage of them! This is so wrong! So what if theyre gay?!? They should be allowed to be there for eachother!!

  65. SeeMe says – reply to this


    I CANNOT believe this happened in Sonoma! This is outrageous! Sounds like something that would happen in another country.

    I hope they bankrupt all parties involved!!!

  66. 66


    I'm guessing by your lack of spelling skills that you are just very young and ignorant. Well, no matter your age, you're definitely ignorant. I hope you get hit by a truck.

  67. 67

    I think this is sad but it doesn't just happen to same sex relationships. My Great Grandma had a boyfriend (10 years younger LOL) and when it was time for her to go into a nursing home they were going to go in together. They had been together for around 40 years but they would not allow unmarried couples to be in a room together and she had to go in alone. I think in this day and age that people should get to choose who they are with and not have lawmakers and figure heads do it for them.

  68. 68

    As some who has been married for 20 years seeing this happen is sickening and so sad. No lawsuit will give this couple back the respect they deserved. Heartbreaking!

  69. gloom says – reply to this


    dont excpect for Obama to say shit about this, unless one of the people is either black or female.

    ps: STRONGLY agree with the second comment. Sorry Perez but you cant really be any type of advocate against hate when you're a hater yourself.

  70. gloom says – reply to this


    Re: zooby

    how nice of you to bunch ALL of Perez's gay readers together as racist, just for a few rude people's comments.

    Lol forever at the irony, hypocrisy, and stupidity of your comment.

  71. 71

    I hope they sued the SHIT out of the county. I cant believe in this day and age, something like this could happen.

  72. 72

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS !!! I LIVE in good ol CA which USED to have the reputation of being very liberal and accepting, and I cannot believe this state is so strapped for $$ that they woudl dehumanize an ill human being like this. Arnold, you need to GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND STEP UP TO THE PLATE WHILE YOU ARE STILL GOVERNATOR and put a stop to this type of atrocity, which in my opinion nearly rivals when they put Asian Americans into relocation centers or whatever they were called. IN THIS COUNTRY WE ARE SUPPOSED TO TREAT HUMAN BEINGS LIKE HUMAN BEINGS not like goddamned slot machines due for a payout !!!!! Sexual orientation is NOT cause to violate someone's rights to br treated with decency and consideration and respect and compassion.

  73. 73

    The details of the incident seem to map a deliberate and vindictive process enacted by the Sonoma County officials to knowingly dismantle the lives of these two men from a position of pure, unfettered hate. America scares me.

  74. 74

    Furthermore, I wouldn't trust the nursing home involved either.

  75. 75

    Truly saddening………to be taken away from your loved one by force, only to have them pass away with you by their side is unimaginable, heartbreaking, i feel so bad for Greene and his passed away partner, my gosh, people are so wicked to the core!

    We want justice for this innocent man dammit!!

  76. zooby says – reply to this


    uh, yeah they do… ive seen it on here many times. and alicia, you're a dumbass. have you not heard of a 'hyperbole'? when someone says 'i have seen the movie a million times' they don't mean exactly one million. have you never heard of sarcasm, bitch? i bet you know or are one of such gays who do such things.

  77. 77

    I don't want the surviving partner to go through the ordeal, but this should go to the supreme court. I thought hospital and nursing home nightmares were a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it seems this intire town is set in a Stephen King novel. No offense to Mr.King.

  78. 78

    Re: Emesa – That is truly the saddest thing. This man died, probably scared, and without the love of his life. Nothing will ever fix that.

  79. 79

    Re: jerkstore – what does this have to do with anything?

  80. 80

    It's really effing great that the Press Democrat - the largest newspaper in Sonoma County has ZERO on this story.

  81. 81

    What they did to those poor men was so wrong on so many levels. But to whomever was involved in the mistreatment of these men…KHARMA IS A BITCH!!!

  82. 82

    That is the worst thing ever! How could that even happen in CA and so close to SF? It defies reason! I hope he sues the shit out of them if this story is even true. And "Bill Payer" for the love of language please learn the difference between their (their bills) there (a location) and they're (They Are). Makes you look stoopid! (Misspelling intentional)

  83. 83

    HOW CAN I HELP THIS MAN ?????????

  84. 84

    This is beyond cruel! I sure hope those two win this case because that's just unheard of to treat human beings in the Freaking USA!

    My heart goes out to those two men, and I hope to hell this gets resolved swiftly and fairly!

  85. 85

    Oh man I missed the part that his partner died. This is beyond awful. :(
    Even if he wins the case, the hole in his heart is not going to heal. Terrible thing to happen and I sure hope this opens peoples eyes on both homosexual couples as well as the common law couples. They're not just roommates and because they aren't / can't be married the "proper" way gives no goddamn right to do that to someone!

  86. 86

    This is just not right! Wrong on so many levels. They could at least let him see his partner. I hope he has a good lawyer.

  87. 87

    Re: jerkstore – Then maybe those men should take charge of their own lives and start voluntarily wearing condoms. Dumbass.

  88. 88

    I live in Sonoma County and this makes me so angry. So so angry. Our local paper hasn't published ANYTHING about it! People need to act out.

  89. 89

    That's bizarre…I'm from Sonoma County and everyone I know is extremely pro gay rights and liberal…I haven't even heard of this until now…

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  91. 91

    holy fucking shitty. poor guys :(

  92. 92

    *head shaking*.

    and people who fault perez and his staff members for posting unverified stories and then act all betrayed by it should probably consider getting their information from a news organization instead of a celebrity gossip blog. gossip = unproven facts by definition. come off it. also, just google their names yourself if you want to verify the story. it took me 3 seconds.

  93. @v@ says – reply to this


    So the County's demand for the auction money somehow trumped Clay's legal rights? I don't think so. May the best Clay win. Pricks.

  94. 94

    hope something good comes out of this…

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  96. Larie says – reply to this


    Okay, that's pretty insane. And I just don't get it. Why couldn't this man visit him? Was his family allowed to, or not? What did they think he would do, make out with him in front of sick children? I mean, come ON! Even if he was just a good friend of his he would have been allowed to visit him!

  97. Larie says – reply to this


    Re: VentEsq – Amen!

  98. 98

    Disgusting and shameful!

  99. 99

    Re: pusspuss
    What you cant google it yourself ? You claim your Australian but are you really? In Australia the federal government has made sure that all one hundred and twenty federal laws that negatively affect same sex couple have been changed and same sex couples are now offered the same rights freedoms and protections as same sex defacto couples until gay marriage is past! Why do foreigners deserve less ?

  100. 100

    That is heartbreaking! I can't even imagine how painful that must be.

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