Monday, June 18, 2007

You have the right to die alone, and without your children

"Four months ago, Lacey resident Janice Langbehn, her partner Lisa Pond and their children Katie, David and Danielle, ages 10 to 13, were set for a relaxing cruise from Miami to the Bahamas.

But Pond, Langbehn’s partner for nearly 18 years, was stricken in Miami with a brain aneurysm and died. The family says the way they were treated by hospital staff compounded their shock and grief.

Langbehn, a social worker, said officials at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital did not recognize her or their jointly adopted children as part of Pond’s family. They were not allowed to be with her in the emergency room, and Langbehn’s authority to make decisions for Pond was not recognized."

A portion of an article by Venice Buhain
The Olympian

I'm wondering if God was honored through that legislation.


Mayhem said...

I'm quite sure He was not honored through that legislation. No need to wonder.

Mary Beth said...

And yet it never ceases to amaze me the number of people who simply don't understand how devestating such legislation can be. They bury their heads in the sand and claim that it just "takes a little extra time and effort" for gay couples to ensure that they have the same rights as hetersexual couples do. When in reality, no, the same rights don't exist at all.


Summer said...

That is so heartbreakingly sad. :(

Amy T. S. said...


Paul said...

What about "best interest of the children"????

morgan said...

while the thought of a homosexual couple adopting or having children is problematic, the time to intercept that issue is before the "family" unit comes into existence, not when it is facing death.

and while i support in principle the various legislations which seek to give a definition to marriage, i fail to see how such legislation, applied as it was in this case, serves the the public good.

amie said...

Committed gay couples need to be able to have legal unions and deserve the same legal rights that married heterosexual couples do. I'm a straight, married woman and I think you're brave to bring up this issue in your blog. You are compassionate and awesome.