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Health Care Tops List of Fears for Same Sex Couples Who Can’t Marry

Monday, August 25th, 2014

HospitalWhen Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency.

Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler, are among dozens of couples challenging Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s gay marriage bans in a case being heard Tuesday in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Looming large in the case is the issue of medical emergencies faced by same-sex couples.

The couples are suing for the right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in their home states. They argue that powers of attorney and domestic partner registries don’t guarantee they’ll be allowed to make critical end-of-life or life-saving decisions. No legal document, they say, can provide the same protections as a marriage certificate.

Authored By Rick Callahan – See the Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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USA: Marriage Equality Trumps Religious Objections, Poll Finds

Friday, June 27th, 2014

titleA new poll finds that a majority of Americans think marriage equality should trump “religious freedom”, at least when it comes to health care and businesses.

The Gazette Extra reports:

A solid majority of Americans now supports equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of employees–even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54 percent of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious grounds.

When it’s about commerce, LGBT rights (just like African American rights and women’s rights) should trump someone’s religious objections.

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Marriage Equality and HIV: Reflections of a Man Getting Married

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

By the time this blog post is published, I will be a happily married man. On August 9th, I will be tying the knot with my partner of 10 years, John Hatchett. While our wedding ceremony will take place at the Borough Hall without much pomp or pageantry, getting married to John is one of the best things that could ever happen to me.

On the eve of such a joyful occasion, I want to dedicate this post to all those gay men and women who died without the benefit of having their relationships legally recognized, as well as those left behind. As well as to the survivors who, in many cases, lost everything they owned and were denied the protections and benefits granted to heterosexual widows and widowers.

My fiance and I are both over 40 years of age, and we are both long-term survivors of HIV. Many of our close friends are people who have been personally impacted by HIV/AIDS in different ways. For us, marriage equality is much more than a contract or a “status symbol”; it is reassurance that we, as a gay couple with HIV, can pursue happiness just like anyone else, without fearing the future.

Authored By Daniel Leyva – See the Full Story at the Center for Hispanic Health Equity

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USA: How Will DOMA Ruling Affect Obamacare?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

DOMA OverIn one of the unintended side effects of the repeal of DOMA, some same sex couples could pay more for health care. WonkBlog reports:

This brings us back to DOMA: With the United States recognizing same-sex marriage, a same-sex couple can be counted by the federal government as one family unit. Instead of two separate individuals applying for health benefits, each judged by the federal poverty line for one person, they’re now a team. Their federal poverty line is $15,510. What does this mean for same-sex couples? A preliminary analysis from tax firm Jackson Hewitt suggest it largely depends on what each person earns. A couple where both have similar earnings could stand to lose out, as combining their incomes would put them above the 400 percent federal poverty level threshold for receiving benefits.

But the benefits of equality still far outweigh the few downsides.

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Michigan, USA: Legislature Abandons “License to Discriminate” Bills, For Now

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Michigan, USA: Legislature Abandons "License to Discriminate" Bills, For NowThe Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature has abandoned several anti-gay “license to discriminate” bills, opting not to hold final votes on them during the lame-duck session.

Senate Bill 975 would have allowed healthcare providers to refuse any treatment to any patient if it violates their “”religious beliefs, moral convictions, or ethical principles.” House Bills 5763 and 5764 would have allowed adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and would prevent the state from penalizing them for doing so.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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Michigan, USA: Senate Advances Bill to Let Physicians Discriminate Against Gays

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Michigan Senate Advances Bill to Let Physicians Discriminate Against GaysThe Michigan Senate’s Committee on Health Policy has approved a bill that would protect health care professionals who wish to discriminate against the LGBT community. Under the guise of “religious liberty and conscience protection,” Senate Bill 975 would allow health facilities to refuse to provide any health care service for any reason of “conscience,” which includes “religious beliefs, moral convictions, or ethical principles”:

A health facility may assert as a matter of conscience an objection to providing a health care service and may decline to provide a health care service that violates its conscience pursuant to this section. If a health facility asserts as a matter of conscience an objection to providing a health care service under this section, the health facility shall apply that objection equally to all patients that it serves, subject to this act.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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Michigan, USA: Judge Hearing Challenge Against Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Judge Hearing Challenge Against Domestic Partner Health Care Ban in MichiganThe American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that bans many public entities from providing health insurance to the domestic partners of their employees. The ACLU also asked the judge to block the ban until a decision is issued.

The ACLU and Kirkland & Ellis LLP are representing five gay and lesbian public employees, as well as their long-term domestic partners who either have lost their health insurance or will lose their insurance shortly as a result of the law.

“We have no interest being in a legal battle with the state of Michigan, but standing up for the rights of our families is more important right now,” said Peter Ways, an Ann Arbor teacher whose partner will lose his benefits. “This law targets gay families in a very specific way, sending the message that we don’t count and that we are not wanted. The state cannot retain a high quality work force with this type of policy in place.”

See the Full Story at Gay Today

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Pope Slaps Down Nuns Over Support for Gays, Health Care Law

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Pope Slaps Down Nuns Over Support for Gays, Health Care LawThe Vatican has appointed an American bishop to rein in the largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States, saying that an investigation found that the group had “serious doctrinal problems.”

The Vatican’s assessment, issued on Wednesday, said that members of the group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, had challenged church teaching on homosexuality and the male-only priesthood, and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”

The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” During the debate over the health care overhaul in 2010, American bishops came out in opposition to the health plan, but dozens of sisters, many of whom belong to the Leadership Conference, signed a statement supporting it — support that provided crucial cover for the Obama administration in the battle over health care.

Full Story from The New York Times

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USA: Lesbian Federal Employee Wins Health Care Coverage for Partner

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Karen Golinski, a federal employee, has won health-care coverage for her wife, Amy Cunninghis.

Gay rights advocates believe this is the first time the federal government has extended such benefits to a gay worker, The Washington Post reported.

In a March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. Cunninghis, in her family health benefits plans.” The letter was signed by Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employees insurance operations for OPM.

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Mexico City Gay/Lesbian Couples Now Have Right to Spousal Health Care

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A Mexico City lesbian, married under the city’s same-sex marriage law, has won the right to insure her wife in the national health-care system.

In 2010, a judge had ordered that Lol Kin CastaƱeda could register Judith Vazquez as her wife with the Mexican Institute of Social Security, the national health-care system.

The Secretariat of Labor and Social Security appealed the order several weeks ago, then reversed course this month and dropped the appeal.

Full Story from the Pink Paper

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