Harold and Clay
Thanks to the National Center for Lesbian Rights
for their work on the case.
In mid-April we heard a heartbreaking story from our friends at the National Center for Lesbian Rights about Clay Greene and Harold Scull, an elderly gay couple in Sonoma County, CA, who were kept apart when Harold was hospitalized in 2008. After Harold's death, the county terminated Harold and Clay's lease, removed Clay from his home, and confined him to a nursing home against his will. The county also auctioned off all of their belongings. Clay grieved alone, away from his home, and stripped of all his possessions.
Harold and Clay's story reminds us that there are no fractions of equality. Although President Obama issued a directive in mid-April to the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners, it is simply not enough. We expect and deserve to see real leadership for equality; not just empty half-measures.
Please send a letter to President Obama to share Harold and Clay's story, remind him of the promises he has made, and ask him to be a fierce advocate for equality. You can use the letter we provide below, or you can write your own.