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Governor of Wisconsin moves to ban same-sex hospital visits

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A newish domestic-partnership law in Wisconsin (passed in 2009 by a then-Democratic legislature) allows gay couples hospital visitation rights. In a remarkably heartless response, Republican governor Scott Walker (above) has just petitioned a judge to allow the state to stop defending the law. In other words, Republicans hate big government, except when they want big government to actually keep you from visiting a possibly dying loved one. In the hospital.

In the meantime, here's a story about a Miami hospital forcing a lesbian to die alone by keeping her partner of eighteen years out of the room. This apparently is something Scott Walker not only has no problem with, but is actively petitioning to preserve. Stay classy, Wisconsin.