Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions | The Bilerico Project
This is truly terrifying. I cannot fathom the logic, the reasoning, or the pure inhuman nature of any group of people, organization, or law to separate a partnership in this way. I'm baffled, angry, and I want you to take action as well. This is an excerpt, read the full article at the web link below.
Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place--wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.
One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold's care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes.
Ignoring Clay's significant role in Harold's life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold's "roommate." The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold's bank accounts to pay for his care.
What happened next is even more chilling.
Are you disturbed by the story of how Clay Greene was treated by the County? Please blog about this, pass it on over Facebook or Twitter, just do whatever you can to help raise the visibility of what happened to Clay. Send a letter to the local paper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat firstname.lastname@example.org. Send them this link to NCLR's page.
Write a letter to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Raise your voice. Take action in this and every fight for equality for all, whenever and however you can. Full article at Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions | The Bilerico Project.
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