October 19, 2005
New York Court of Appeals rules Same-Sex Partners Can't Sue Hospitals for Malpractice
A divided state appeals court ruled last Thursday that a man cannot sue a Manhattan hospital for malpractice in the death of his longtime partner, saying it could not provide tacit approval of same-sex marriages. The appeals court, in a 3-2 vote, decided that John Langan had no standing to sue the hospital despite the couple's 2000 civil union in Vermont. Attorneys for Langan claimed the civil union gave him standing as a spouse to sue the hospital under New York law. Any ruling favoring Langan would be "taken as judicial imprimatur of same-sex marriages and would constitute a usurpation of powers expressly reserved by our Constitution to the Legislature," the court ruled. Source. Foxnews.com. Click here for link to the source (last visited October 19, 2005, reo).
TrackBack URL for this entry:
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference New York Court of Appeals rules Same-Sex Partners Can't Sue Hospitals for Malpractice: