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MI: Lesbian couple’s doctor visit turns into a lecture on morality

By pams
Friday, June 20, 2008 17:00 EDT

Why can’t these fundies just do their flipping jobs? Ashleigh Haberman and Erica Schaub were married in Canada. They went to Spectrum Health South Pavilion Urgent Care Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Schaub, accompanied by Haberman, sought care for a nagging cold.

They went into the exam room and instead of a diagnosis and advice, once Haberman identified herself as Schaub’s partner, the couple got an earful about same-sex marriage.

But instead of her symptoms, they say the doctor was more interested in the couple’s relationship and how they felt about the recent California ruling allowing same-sex marriage.

“And he proceeded to give his opinion on how he felt that marriage, gay marriage, shouldn’t be called a marriage because it’s a religious based word, and he’s a Christian, and there’s no way that marriage could be considered legal in the gay sense,” said Haberman.

While the couple’s marriage is not legally recognized in Michigan, they say that’s not the point, rather, the doctor’s office is not the time nor place for a debate. They were there for an exam – not a lecture on lifestyle.

WOOD-TV News has the video. As a result of the brouhaha, Spectrum Health put out this public statement:

“Spectrum Health takes the care and treatment of its patients very seriously. We expect our physicians and staff to provide high quality care in a professional manner. We received an e-mail concerning a patient visit this morning and we have begun a thorough investigation of this matter. We will review all aspects of this issue. Once this is complete, we will take appropriate action. We are just beginning this review of this matter and must follow the laws protecting patient confidentiality and the rights of employees. Therefore, we will not comment further at this time.”

The Homosexual Agenda KO’s the Christian Civic League of Maine

By pams

In my capacity as “a leading source of radical homosexual propaganda, anti-Christian bigotry, and radical transgender advocacy” and “wicked and sinful promoter of homosexual behavior“, I am pleased to announce that we have strengthened our grip on New England. The Christian Civic League of Maine has given up the ghost on its efforts to repeal the state’s LGBT rights laws, as well as and the campaign work to stop marriage equality and the ability of…


Out Today

By Jesse Taylor

I’ll be finishing up moving out of my old apartment today, but I did want to leave you with my new favorite road trip game. It’s called Phil Collins Ruined Genesis: The Game. The rules: You must be taking a trip by car longer of at least 90 minutes or…


The shape of things to come

By Amanda Marcotte

No time for the Friday Random Ten today, but I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to this article about the whisper campaigns against Barack Obama that exploit Americans’ xenophobia and other forms of ignorance. More than any other factor, these whisper campaigns are going to be damaging to Obama’s chances.…


Obama’s first general election commercial — released on Juneteenth

By pams

The Obama campaign has tapped North Carolina as one of the states to air this ad; it’s been Red at the presidential level, but NC’s in play this time around. It will also run in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North…


Better Congress, Please

By Jesse Taylor




By Jesse Taylor

It occurs to me upon reading this that the last movie I saw which mentioned condom use was Knocked Up. And they did it wrong. As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last…


Paragons Of Consistency

By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, June 19, 2008 23:21 EDT

At this point, I don’t think John McCain is running on the same platform he was three months ago. It’s a really weird thing how, after more than two decades in public service, he’s decided that virtually everything he believed was in need of a refresh. All at once. In…


Cincinnati and HIV ads

By Amanda Marcotte

Heading towards Cincinnati for the National Women’s Studies Association conference. Which means blogging might be a bit haphazard over the weekend. For those who are attending, the general plan is that I’m helping Seal Press with tabling, so stop by and say hi. Meanwhile, I’m linking to this post of…


The Log Cabin Republicans’ ‘education’ of the LGBT community on McCain begins

By pams

I almost lost my lunch reading this spin. You might recall from a recent post that the Log Cabin Republicans organization said it “will do its part to educate gay and lesbian voters about Sen. McCain in the weeks ahead.” Are you ready for the “education“? As a Republican organization,…