I'm sure there was a topic on this case before, but I can't seem to find it. The Times posts an update on the legal proceedings. As a brief reminder, a lesbian couple was in Florida on vacation when one of the women had an aneurysm; she was treated at Jackson Memorial in Miami's trauma center. She ultimately died there. Her partner, who was actually carrying extensive legal documentation of her relationship with the patient, was denied visitation and ultimately was not allowed to be with the patient during the patient's dying hours. She claimed that the hospital wrongly denied her The recent (and in my opinion unfortunate) event is that a federal judge dismissed Ms. Langbehn's case against the hospital. I'm sure this isn't over yet, but... http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/no-visiting-rights-for-hospital-patients/ The background of the case is covered in more detail in another of the author's blog posts, which also discusses some of the broader implications for patients even when same-sex partner issues are not involved: It seems very hard to me to believe that this hospital was engaging in a uniform policy in this situation. However, it appears at a quick glance that the federal ruling might suggest that there is no legal remedy even if the hospital policy was discriminatory, since it seems to find that the hospital has no responsibility to grant visitation whatsoever in the trauma context.