Gay Marriage/Civil Union and Hospital Visitation Rights?
The question is perfectly relevant, because marriage confers kinship status, and under certain critical situations (or, suppose the patient is comatose, or can't convey his/her wishes, etc), hospitals allow only legal next-of-kins visitation rights. Yes, one can obviously fill out paperwork beforehand, and specifically confer visitation rights (as well as power of attorney) upon one's partner. HOWEVER, married couples do not have to jump through these extra bureaucratic hoops, in order to have these basic rights which automatically convey with one piece of paper that says you're married. So, ONCE AGAIN, my question is: does getting married in a gay-legal state have any effect whatsoever on hospital visitation procedures in gay-illegal/non-legal states, such as Texas?