WASHINGTON — Federal officials are "aware" of the Missouri hospital that had a man arrested for refusing to leave the bedside of his partner, and "are working to gather the facts and determine what steps to take in a speedy manner," a Medicare/Medicaid spokesman said Thursday afternoon. News spread Thursday about the arrest of Roger Gorley, who had been trying to visit at Research Medical Center in Kansas City with the man he described in a Facebook note as his husband, Allen Mansell. The two were joined in a civil union. When one of Mansell's family members asked him to leave, he refused and was later arrested. According to a note posted on Research Medical Center's Facebook page Thursday afternoon, "This was an issue of disruptive and belligerent behavior by the visitor that affected patient care." The hospital also states in the post that the decision was unrelated to sexual orientation.
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