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Gay man arrested after refusing to leave partner in hospital

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Mansell, left, and Gorley (Fox 4 Kansas City)

A gay man in Missouri is claiming discrimination after he was arrested while visiting his sick partner at a hospital. The hospital is defending the arrest, saying the man was “disruptive and belligerent.”

The incident unfolded Tuesday afternoon at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. In an interview with Fox 4 Kansas City, Roger Gorley says he was visiting his partner Allen Mansell when a Mansell family member asked him to leave. Gorley is in a civil union with Mansell and, under a recent memorandum by President Barack Obama, patients are allowed to designate others to visit and make medical decisions for them. Gorley claims a nurse refused to check on Gorley’s power of attorney: “She didn’t even bother to look it up, to check into it.”

Gorley refused to leave and was escorted out of the hospital by security before being arrested by police. His story has made the national rounds and a Change.org petition calling for the hospital to apologize had more than 4.700 signatures Thursday afternoon. Gorley said: “All we want is equal rights.”

The hospital addressed the incident in a Facebook post Thursday:

“This was an issue of disruptive and belligerent behavior by the visitor that affected patient care. The hospital’s response followed the same policies that would apply to any individual engaged in this behavior in a patient care setting and was not in any way related to the patient’s or the visitor’s sexual orientation or marital status. This visitor created a barrier for us to care for the patient. Attempts were made to deescalate the situation. Unfortunately, we had no choice but to involve security and the Kansas City MO Police Department.”

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Peter Hockaday

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