All Roger Gorley wanted was to visit his sick partner, Allen. Instead, Kansas City's Research Medical Center refused to recognize him as a family member, had him forcibly removed from the building, and filed a restraining order to prevent him from visiting his partner of nearly five years again.
UPDATE: WDAF FOX 4 Kansas City is reporting that Research Medical Center will allow Gorley to visit his partner after receiving national media attention over the incident. Research Medical Center’s VP of Marketing and Public Relations has also released the following statement regarding the controversy:
“Research Medical Center puts the care of our patients as our #1 priority regardless of sexual orientation. We support all the communities we serve. We have a long history of commitment to a culture of diversity. Research Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in Kansas City to offer domestic partner benefits, which have been in place since 2005, and we have had a policy specifically acknowledging domestic partners’ visitation rights in place for years.
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.”