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Feds Step Up Enforcement of Hospital Visitation Rights for Same-Sex Partners
The Bay Citizen

Hospital patients have the right to choose who visits them — including same-sex domestic partners — according to federal rules issued last November. Now, the Department of Health and Human Services is stepping up efforts to make sure those rules are being enforced.

“Couples take a vow to be with each other in sickness and in health and it is unacceptable that, in the past, some same-sex partners were denied the right to visit their loved ones in times of need,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.