Truth Wins Out praised President Obama today for signing a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

“This caring and compassionate action by the Obama administration will stop needless trauma and suffering for gay and lesbian families,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Today, Obama lived up to his promise of creating positive change. We look forward to continued progress and urge the President to move forward in ending all legal discrimination against LGBT Americans.”

The president ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation. The memo is scheduled to be made public Friday morning, according to an administration official and another source familiar with the White House decision. An official said the new rule will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding.