Excellent! This is LONG overdue!
A new policy, implemented by President Barack Obama, went into effect yesterday that forces hospitals in Medicare and Medicaid to allow ALL patients to decide visitation rights, as well as who to entrust - regardless of sexuality or gender - with making medical decisions on their behalf!
Brian Bond, the White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement, writes:
"This policy impacts millions of LGBT Americans and their families. The President saw an injustice and felt very strongly about correcting this and has spoken about it often over the years."
HRC President Joe Solmonese responded to the news with:
"LGBT people experience discrimination in many aspects of their lives, but it is perhaps at its worst during times of crisis. We thank President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius for recognizing the hardships LGBT people face and taking this important step toward ensuring that no one will be turned away from a partner's hospital bedside again."
This truly is amazing news!
We're thrilled that Obama has taken these steps to ensure that ALL couples and families can legally be with their loved ones, and make the tough decisions if they have to - instead of being denied access to them!
The path to equal rights is still a long and difficult one, but successes like this make it all the more important that we remain adamant and continue to fight for what we deserve as human beings!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
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