Man Arrested for Refusing to Leave Partner in Hospital
A man was arrested and slapped with a restraining order on Wednesday after refusing to leave the hospital bedside of his sick partner, Kansas City, Mo., Fox-affiliated station WDAF reports.
Roger Gorley went to visit his longtime partner, Allen, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday. When Gorley got to the hospital, however, one of Allen's family members told him to leave. After Gorley refused, he says the hospital security physically removed him from the property and had him arrested. After the hospital filed a restraining order against him, he cannot visit his partner at all.
"I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn't recognized as being the partner," Gorley told WDAF. He added that the nurse on duty would not verify that he and Allen have 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."
"We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process," the hospital said in a statement. "The patient's needs are always our first priority. When anyone becomes disruptive to providing the necessary patient care, we involve our security team to help calm the situation and to protect our patients and staff. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance."
Gorley said he and Allen have been in a civil union for five years and make joint medical decisions. Missouri, however, does not recognize civil unions.
In 2010 President Barack Obama ordered hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid to allow visitation rights for same-sex couples. Even so, incidents such as Gorley's continue to occur in jurisdictions that do not recognize LGBT couples.