Gay marriage has been legally recognized in America since the U. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Justice Kennedy stated in the decision that marriage is "a keystone of our social order," and the Supreme Court vote effectively prohibited individual states from banning same-sex marriages. The decision opened wide the door for homosexual married couples to claim the same numerous benefits awarded to heterosexual couples. Prior to this U. Supreme Court decision, only 19 states and the District of Columbia recognized same-sex marriages.
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community
Conservatives Accept Hospital Rights for Gays
The Trump administration on Friday formally rolled back an Obama-era policy that protected LGBTQ patients from discrimination and required robust language translation services, unnerving health experts who worry vulnerable populations will face further risks during the Covid pandemic. The new Trump administration rules reverse an Obama policy that banned health care providers from discriminating against transgender patients and women seeking abortions. The Obama administration had issued the first-time protections for LGBTQ patients under a nondiscrimination clause in the Affordable Care Act, citing concerns from advocates these patients had a harder time accessing necessary care. The Trump administration overhaul, which had been years in the making, came against warnings from health care groups that the rollback could make it easier for hospitals and health care workers to discriminate against patients based on their gender or sexual orientation.
Jump to main content. Jump to navigation. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love. And the progress the Administration has made mirrors the changing views of the American people, who recognize that fairness and justice demand equality for all, including LGBT Americans. The White House.
The president ordered his health secretary to issue regulations that govern hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, the government programs for the elderly, disabled and poor. Nearly all hospitals participate in these programs. Obama said in his order. He cited actions taken by a handful of states that require hospitals to allow patients to designate people outside of their immediate families for visitation privileges, and he said the order would build on those efforts.