Roger Gorley, who is gay, was arrested at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri this week when he refused to leave the bedside of his partner.
Gorley told WDAF-TV that a family member of his partner "Allen" told him to leave when he visited the hospital on Tuesday.
After Gorley said he refused to leave Allen’s bedside, hospital police put him in handcuffs and escorted him out. The hospital also got a restraining order against Gorley, who cannot visit Allen at all.
“I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner,” said Gorley, who has legal power of attorney for Allen's affairs.
Gorley claims the nurse refused to confirm the power of attorney: “She didn’t even bother to look it up, to check in to it."
Under a 2010 memorandum, signed by President Obama, any hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding must allow visitation rights for gay partners, reported the Washington Post.
“We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process,” the hospital said in a statement. “And, the patient`s needs are always our first priority. When anyone becomes disruptive to providing the necessary patient care, we involve our security team to help calm the situation and to protect our patients and staff. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance.”
Sources: WDAF-TV and Washington Post