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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Sorry Maggie but you're wrong...

    Wiki ~ Rights and responsibilities of marriages in the United States

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    Yes, I think I was wrong. BUT. I also think you'll find that it varies by state, Kal. In addition, without a healthcare power of attorney, one may have a hard time making "the big decisions" that often come at the end of life. If the doctor doesn't agree, without a healthcare power of attorney, a spouse's decisions will not necessarily be honored...most especially if other family doesn't agree.
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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    It is doubtful the state AG will do anything based simply on a newspaper article.
    I dunno. Maybe that State wouldn't, but I wouldn't bet the farm on other State's not doing it. DE being a prime example.

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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yes, I think I was wrong. BUT. I also think you'll find that it varies by state, Kal. In addition, without a healthcare power of attorney, one may have a hard time making "the big decisions" that often come at the end of life. If the doctor doesn't agree, without a healthcare power of attorney, a spouse's decisions will not necessarily be honored...most especially if other family doesn't agree.
    Sounds like you've been there and done that ... me too.

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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Sorry Maggie but you're wrong...
    As is anyone who believes the opposite is true.

    The law can vary quite a bit state-to-state. A good number do in fact require the power of attorney; and even among those that don't, it can still get very messy without one (Terry Shiavo?).

    Unless you have a very firm grasp of the law in your state and don't plan to do any traveling (like at all), you're much better off working under the assumption that it's required, than the assumption that it's not.

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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Well what do you know. Marriage isn't just a **** contract, there's other stuff involved.
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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    A husband is not allowed to make medical decisions for his wife unless there is a healthcare power of attorney. There's no double standard here.
    I'm not so sure about that. I think it depends on the state.
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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective-J View Post
    Well anybody that thinks any current civil unions or domestic partnerships are as concreat and binding and leagally equal to marriages simply is not educated on the matter.

    There are many cases like this where civil unions and domestic partnerships have been defeated by other family members or policies that call out "marriage" etc.

    this among many other reasons is why the civil unions / domestic partnership argument holds no water and is complete hogwash.

    I think last time I check there are like 1800 rights a marriage grants you
    There are also family members who have challenged and defeated a husbands rights for a hetero couples when it comes to medical decisions for a wife. Same with inheritence and other issues. Another family member can always issue a challege. Doesn't make marriage or civil unions any less valid.
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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    A story for those who think "domestic partnerships" are just as good as marriage for same sex couples



    click thru and read the article for more info but there are two points I want to be sure people see


    Then there is the last little bit of total hypocrisy by the hospital

    They were happy to take the insurance payment which was due to a corporation accepting domestic partnerships but they wouldn't allow the domestic partner to make the same medical decisions they would give to a married couple - hypocrisy much?
    If the state recognizes domestic partnerships, the hospital was acting in violation of the the law. That is a fault of the hospital, not the law.

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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
    There are also family members who have challenged and defeated a husbands rights for a hetero couples when it comes to medical decisions for a wife. Same with inheritence and other issues. Another family member can always issue a challege. Doesn't make marriage or civil unions any less valid.
    it doesnt make MARRIAGE any less but it certainly makes civil unions and domestic partnerships less when comparing them to marriage and people dishonestly saying they are equal or the same thing when it comes to RIGHTS.

    Marriages are more iron clad and far superior legaly and factually.
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    Re: Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with hospital's treatment

    Hate to say, this looks more like a liability thing than a "anti-gay" thing. Considering how sue happy we've become as a country, stuff like this doesn't even surprise me anymore.

    To be honest, medical power of attorney is something that every couple who consider themselves married should have anyway.
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