Romney May Stop Hospital Visitation for Gay Couples

21 Oct

It’s known that Romney stands against rights for LGBT people. He signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge to stand against marriage equality, appoint Supreme Court Justices who would also stand against equal rights for gays and lesbians and fight to write discrimination against us into the US Constitution.

This, despite at one point saying he would be “better than Ted” Kennedy on gay rights.

This week, Romney apparently believes that when my husband is in the hospital, I do not have the right to visit him and that it should be up to each state to decide whether or not I am the next of kin. He believes that a lesbian spouse like Janice Langbehn visiting her dying wife in the hospital is a “privilege” and not a right.

In an interview with Buzzfeed today, Romney  adviser Bay Buchanan told Chris Geidner:

“Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children.”

In April of 2010, recognizing the extraordinary miscarriage of justice and horrifying stories of families being split apart while fathers, mothers, husbands and wives were barred from visiting one another in the hospital, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order stating that any hospital which receives government funding (including Medicare and Medicaid) shall recognize the relationships between gays and lesbians.

This was a simple move. There are truly very few Americans who believe any couple should be separated in their hours of need. But according to his advisers, Romney believes and will fight to make sure if (God forbid) I should need to visit my husband in the hospital, that my legal relationship is not recognized by hospital administration.

How cruel can a person be to leave a person potentially dying alone while their husband, wife, son or daughter sits in a sterile waiting room to hear their loved one has passed? And what kind of leader would support this kind of barbaric sentiment?

Please spread the word and understand why November 6th is such an important day. Please understand what is at risk for me, for you and for the people you love.

13 Responses to “Romney May Stop Hospital Visitation for Gay Couples”

  1. Amy Leigh Strickland October 21, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Get out the vote!

  2. jennifer October 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    PLEASE start making calls for Obama in battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia an Colorado. **It REALLY does come down to which campaign has the most committed supporters. I promise that it is really painless and you feel so good when you are done. You can also go to and click on ‘make calls.’ You can immediately start helping the campaign from home and it really is easy but so important. The time is now and we are the change we’ve been waiting for!!!

    • jennifer October 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      oops- meant Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado. All states are important but these states are particularly close and especially important this year. You really can make a difference.

  3. Pearl October 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    why is it anyone’s business what you are to a person in the hospital? visit who you want, and don’t share your private business with anyone.

    • Jamie McGonnigal October 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      Pearl, frequently only the patient’s family may visit someone in the hospital – especially if they are in serious condition. For that reason, my status as someone’s husband or my child’s status as my husband’s child is indeed very important and the business of the hospital. Mitt Romney believes that being my dying husband’s side in a hospital is a privilege and not a right. I can’t imagine someone for a minute telling Mitt Romney that he couldn’t visit his wife or one of his children should they ever be hospitalized for any reason. But he believes it should be legal to stop me from visiting mine.

  4. Anna October 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    This is a scare tactic, just like the fear mongering that Romney’s going to take away your birth control. Romney is right – gay marriage rights and civil unions should be decided at the state level, as should abortion.
    Don’t know how many people read this, but I fully expect the name calling to commence.

    Read the constitution, this issue isn’t covered. I’m sorry you feel discriminated against, but acting on your same sex attraction is a sin just as acting upon any desire to sin is wrong. But Christ atoned for these sins as well as mine and everyone else’s and I do hope for the peace and happiness that comes to all us when we repent and come unto Christ.

    • Jamie McGonnigal October 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks so much for your post. In my beliefs and my faith, I believe it is a far greater sin to judge others than it is to love the person I love. You can believe what you’d like to believe, but my government isn’t run based on what your bible says. Additionally, you can’t use your religious texts to shield you from being called a bigot. It’s plain and simple, whether you hate people due to your religious beliefs or because of how you were raised, you still hate people for who they are and that makes you a bigot. Plain and simple.

      When you are not allowed to visit your husband or children in the hospital because of who you love, tell me how you feel.

      • John October 27, 2012 at 2:20 am #

        You are the one who brought up the word hate. You can hate the act without hating the person. That is NOT bigotry. Also, Anna is right. It is NOT in the Constitution. This potus ignores the Constitution except when it benefits him, so I guess you think it’s okay for you to do it too. It’s not okay for him, and it’s not okay for you either. And that has nothing to do with the bible. And BTW, you might try reading quotes from our founders regarding Christianity. Go ahead and google it. You won’t. Figures.

    • Disconnected October 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Worshipping gods other than yours is a sin but people are still allowed to make a legal bond with the intent of using a ritual other than the one of your all loving God. Do you think that this right should also be stripped from them and have it so that their families are unable to visit them in their times of crisis?

      Two people who love each other (yeah, that thing that you’re supposed to at least try to have some form of for everybody) should be able to form a legally binding union as long as they’re both consenting adults who know what they’re getting into.

      And if you start railing on about how your dusty old book about your imaginary friend is more correct than mine because it is, think about how you’d feel if someone from another religion says the same to you and then you’d have an idea of how we feel when you try it.


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