President Barack Obama mandates hospitals extend equal visitation rights to Gays

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In a two-page memo released on Thursday, April 15, President Obama asked the Department of Health and Human Services to extend equal visitation rights to all gays and lesbians. The memo asks the Department of Health and Human Services to write new rules for equal visitation rights for all hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid.  

President Obama has also noted widows and widowers, members of religious orders and others with loved ones who are not immediate family members can face