Monday, August 20, 2012

Why it matters: DP couple STILL faces discrimination

From The Las Vegas Review Journal:

 On the wall of their Henderson home, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli proudly display their certificate of domestic partnership. 
Under a 2009 state law, the document gives them all the rights of married couples.
Or so they thought. 
When Leon, 26, checked into Spring Valley Hospital on July 20 with complications in her pregnancy, she assumed that her partner Simonelli, 41, could make any necessary medical decisions if she suffered unforeseen problems. 
But that's not what happened, they said. An admissions officer told them the hospital policy required gay partners to secure power of attorney before making any medical decisions for each other..... 
A woman who identified herself as public relations representative at Spring Valley Hospital told a Review-Journal reporter in a phone interview that the hospital policy requires gay couples have power of attorney in order to make medical decisions for each other . 
When asked if she was aware of Nevada's domestic partnership law, she accused the reporter of bias and hung up the telephone. ....
I love that: accuse a reporter of bias for POINTING OUT THE LAW.

Despite laws that supposedly make this illegal, it keeps happening.  Not just in NV but in other states too, even in CA, legal domestic partners who are SUPPOSED to have "the same rights" are denied those rights.   The remedy is clear.  M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E.

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