Same-sex couples gain more rights at hospitals

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September 8, 2011

"Same-sex couples and other domestic partners are gaining more control over what happens to their mates in the hospital, under federal guidelines issued this week.

"Hospitals should not bar domestic partners from visiting their mates unless there's a medical reason, and partners should not be required to produce documents to prove their relationship, the guidelines say.

"...'Is this strong enough to ensure there will never be discrimination against same-sex couples? Of course not. But this should be a powerful statement,' said Tara Borelli, an attorney for Lambda Legal, a nonprofit group that filed suit against Jackson Memorial in the 2007 case."