Also, in the memorandum, the White House announced the rule changes, which will also make it easier for gay men and lesbians to make medical decisions on behalf of their partners.
"Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindness and caring of a loved one at their sides," Mr. Obama said in the memorandum. And, he also added that the rules could also help widows and widowers who rely on friends and members of religious orders who care for one another. So, its not only relevant for LGBT people but for those who may not have family or only have a few friends that count as their family.
The memorandum is intended to "help ensure that patients will be able to face difficult times in hospitals with compassion, dignity and respect," a White House spokesman, Shin Inouye, said. "By taking these steps, we can better protect the interests and needs of patients that are gay or lesbian, widows and widowers with no children, members of religious orders, or others for whom their loved ones are not always immediate relatives. Because all Americans should be able to have loved ones there for them in their time of need."
Well done, President Obama! Well done!