Saturday, 17 April 2010

One small step for man-on-man-kind.

Last week it was announced that President Obama has finally granted visitation rights to gay men and women in America. What this means is that finally it is up to the patient who they see in their last hours and not the hospital, and the fact that there is no gay marriage in America no longer matters for gay, or unmarried, people who want to spend their last hours with someone who isn't traditionally viewed as "family".

Obama said:

"Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay.

Affected are "gay and lesbian Americans who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives — unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated."

He obviously gets it. This is not something he's had his arm twisted into. This is not his apology for the shower of shite that was Proposition 8. This is obviously an injustice that he wanted to put right. Let's just back up the truck though and bear in mind that until earlier this week, gay people were not allowed at the bedside of their life partners because they weren't married, which is a complete vicious circles in itself because the high majority of these gay people would be married they just aren't allowed to by law. You see, we spend so much time clapping our hands over the small victories that we don't realise there still is a lot of prejudice out there and a lot that really does need to be changed.

Nonetheless, good on you Mr. Obama. A lot of gays out there owe you one.

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