In 2007, Janice Langbehn, her wife Lisa, and their four kids traveled from Washington state to Miami to take a cruise to escape the winter. But before they even boarded the ship, Lisa collapsed, suffering a brain aneurysm.
She was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where a social worker told Janice that she was in “an anti-gay city and state” and would not be able to see Lisa or learn about her condition without a healthcare proxy.
That’s because at the time, Miami-Dade County and Florida did not formally recognize domestic partnerships.
As Lisa’s conditioned worsened over the day and night and she was moved to Neuro ICU, Janice says she was kept in the dark although she and Lisa had a living will and power of attorney for health care decisions.
Janice and her kids were finally able to see Lisa for ten minutes before she died. Read more of her story here.
In 2008, Miami-Dade created a domestic partnership registry, granting hospital and jail visitation rights to couples like Janice and Lisa.
60 Florida Counties That Don’t Recognize Domestic Partnerships.