Obama Administration: Pull Funds from Hospital that Removed Gay Man from Partner's Bedside
  • Petitioned Dori Salcido

This petition was delivered to:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services
Dori Salcido
Research Medical Center
President of the United States
Barack Obama
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius

Obama Administration: Pull Funds from Hospital that Removed Gay Man from Partner's Bedside

    1. John Becker
    2. Petition by

      John Becker

      Washington, DC

Although the State of Missouri refuses to recognize them, Roger Gorley and Allen Mansell have been in a civil union for nearly five years. They make medical decisions for each other, and each has designated the other as power of attorney.

But when Allen got sick and Roger went to visit him at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri this week, none of that mattered. When Roger arrived, an anti-gay member of Allen's family asked him to leave the hospital room. Roger refused to leave his partner's side, citing their power of attorney agreement, but the attending nurse refused to honor it. When Roger continued to assert his right to be at his partner's bedside, Research Medical Center security staff put him in handcuffs and forcibly removed him from the building.

This is not only unconscionable, it's also a violation of a 2010 Obama administration executive order prohibiting any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding from discriminating against same-sex partners' hospital visitation rights. The Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services has an obligation to enforce its executive order by investigating this matter and levying sanctions against Research Medical Center, up to and including the removal of federal funding.

No one should be able to deny someone the right to be at their partner's side when they're sick. Research Medical Center tried to do so, and should be forced to pay the price.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Roger Gorley's Daughter Speaks Out

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      Amanda Brown, the 26-year-old daughter of Roger Gorley -- the man who was forcibly removed from his husband's hospital room against his will -- spoke with AMERICAblog's John Aravosis today. Check out the interview here.

      Her story directly contradicts the hospital's allegations that her father was being "disruptive and belligerent." Brown also claims that the police assumed her father had AIDS just because he was gay: officers wore gloves because they didn't want to touch him (and one even refused to touch the handcuffs that touched him!).

      Unbelievably degrading. Keep signing and sharing to keep the pressure up!

      Interview with daughter of gay man arrested at hubby's hospital bed

      I just spoke with Amanda Brown, 26, the daughter of Roger Gorley, who was handcuffed and dragged away from the bed of his husband, Allen Mansell, at the Research Medical Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri on Tuesday.

    3. Federal Officials Investigating

      John Becker
      Petition Organizer

      BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports that federal officials are aware of what happened at the hospital and are investigating. The pressure is working -- keep signing and sharing!!

      Federal Officials Aim For "Speedy" Response Following Missouri Hospital Arrest

      WASHINGTON - Federal officials are "aware" of the Missouri hospital that had a man arrested for refusing to leave the bedside of his partner, and "are working to gather the facts and determine what steps to take in a speedy manner," a Medicare/Medicaid spokesman said Thursday afternoon.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bradley Chappell FAISON, NC
      • 6 months ago

      To Obama...either enforce the law or the party pays the price at the polls. What choice do we have, you say? The answer: the choice to go to the polls or stay home. So please honor your word and enforce the laws against bigotry.

    • Tyson Dodge VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 7 months ago


    • Peggy Safford SYCAMORE, IL
      • 7 months ago

      No person should have to go through this when they are already stressed out at their loved one's illness. To ignore their power of attorney is scary for all of us. That's why they have it!

      • 7 months ago

      A PRIOR

    • Robert Hersh-Geer DUNNING, NE
      • 10 months ago

      I too have a same sex spouse and have met with similar action at hospitals when he was sick. This practice must stop. Some one needs to have an example set of them. This is the start. Live up to your promise to us.


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