Much like its allies at Exodus International, the Family Research Council opposes any specific law that explicitly gives lesbian and gay couples hospital-visitation and estate rights that married heterosexual couples take for granted.

That’s why FRC today jeered Sean Penn for referring in his Oscar acceptance speech to enemies of gay couples as “haters”: because, when someone opposes hospital visitation, they really are guilty of hate.

And that’s also why FRC and the anti-family Hawaii Family Forum rallied opposition to state civil-union legislation which would explicitly allow Hawaii gay couples to share health benefits, gain hospital-visitation rights, and apply to adopt children. Hospital visitation, in particular, is a right that hospitals frequently disregard no matter how extensive a gay couple’s legal preparations have been.

FRC encourages antigay Hawaiians to “continue flooding senate offices with phone calls and emails” that oppose humane treatment and true family values.