Another one from the Department of Oh, My God, Finally:

[N]ew regulations on hospital visits that took effect this week are providing protection for same-sex couples or others whose closest relationship is with a non-family member.

The regulations, ordered by President Barack Obama last spring, state that hospitals should not “restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.”

Hospitals now must have written visitation policies, and patients or their representatives are to be informed of their rights to designate their visitors. The rules apply to all hospitals receiving federal Medicaid or Medicare money, and hospitals that violate them risk losing that money.

Administration officials say requirements for same-sex couples should not be more cumbersome than those for opposite-sex couples, who generally do not have to provide legal documentation to be considered a patient’s support person. The guidelines suggest that hospital policies require such proof only when there is a dispute over a patient who cannot speak for himself.

This is one of those issues that wingnuts, when they’re trying to look loving, claim to support, but when the chips are down, it bothers them just the same.