Topic: health care

Gay Couple Loses Baby After Hospital Denies Rights: Why Gay Marriage Matters In Health Care

Gay Couple Loses Baby After Hospital Denies Rights: Why Gay Marriage Matters In Health Care

Nevada state law prohibits same sex marriage, but it does allow for domestic partnerships which it specifies grants them “the same rights, protections and benefits” of spouses. So when Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli, a lesbian couple who hold a certificate of domestic partnership from Nevada State, went to Spring Valley Hospital because of Leon’s pregnancy complications, they assumed they would have the same rights as a married couple in regards to medical care and decisions. Not so. More »