Marcia Gallas and her partner, Barbara Graham, got married in Canada in 2003. When Barbara died of cancer earlier this year, the Ohio hospital where she passed wouldn’t let Marcia access her medical records.
She’s still fighting to access these critical documents, and the hospital still isn’t budging.
Gallas, who still wears Graham’s wedding band, contends that the hospital is denying her request because it does not recognize their marriage, even though she and her attorney have obtained a federal court order, based on another Ohio case, which involved the recognition of a same-sex marriage on a death certificate. The women were longtime participants in an Ohio State University health study, for which researchers need the records. Another Cincinnati-area hospital, Jewish Hospital, released medical records on Graham to Gallas without any problem.
"I’m grieving," Gallas said. "It’s going to take a long time to get over Barbara and I really don’t understand why they won’t recognize … what am I to think except that they have a problem with same-sex marriage?"
Heartbreaking. Marriage equality is about more than sunshine and rainbows. This stuff matters.
Filmmakers Marcelitte Failla and Anoushka Ratnarajah tell the journey of how Ratnarajah reconnects with her culture while they both travel across Canada and the United States interviewing mixed race women on their experiences.
Free Screening on Monday, August 18, 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201).
See the trailer here.