April 19th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Dear Obama: Go beyond hospital visitation rights

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/09/07/t1home.barack.gi.jpg caption="Granderson: allow LGBT soldiers the support of 'their Michelle'"]

LZ Granderson
Special to CNN

Dear President Obama: One of things I've long admired about you is the amount of care you show toward your family, especially your wife, Michelle.

From reading about the days of you picking her up in your car with the hole in the floor to seeing the two of you smile at each other during the Inaugural Ball, I don't think Danielle Steele herself could have penned a more romantic American love story.

With each gaze in her direction, it is clear to those around that Michelle is your heart, your light, your soulmate. If she ever needed you for anything, you would be right by her side.

Thursday's memo asking the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners is a positive step. But keep in mind a lot of military families in this position are still unfairly isolated and punished because of "don't ask, don't tell."

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