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President Obama backs gay hospital visitation rights, calls partner of woman who died at Jackson Memorial

Flying back to Washington from Miami, President Obama called Janice Langbehn, the woman who accused a Jackson Memorial Hospital worker of not letting her visit her dying partner, after signing a directive ordering hospitals to allow visits to anyone a patient decides, including gay and lesbian partners.

"The steps that President Obama outlined tonight are a great leap forward in addressing discrimination affecting LGBT patients and their families," said Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director. "These measures are intended to ensure that no family will have to experience what the Langbehn-Pond family did that night at Jackson Memorial Hospital."

Jackson earlier this week announced it had revised its policy.