The anti-gay propagandists here try to prioritize having gay hospital visitation rights against "bigger scheme" US issues, like we have to choose between them, with gay issues always coming in last. Or that it's acceptable for the minority to suffer at the hands of the bigoted majority, the very thing Thomas Jefferson spoke against, the "tyranny of the majority" in a democracy that he hoped the US Constitution would help prevent.
But what is required to have gay hospital visitation rights as a practical matter? Massive programs like those needed to oversee an ailing economy? Lengthy legislative studies and hearings, at the expense of other pressing matters? Or a mere political decision?
President Obama took the route of ordering DHS to make hospital visitation rights a requirement for receipt of Federal funds. Quick & easy, what Romney wants to reverse, and hand the issue over to the States, which would be cumbersome and inconsistent, and no doubt he hopes result in the denial of those rights to gays in many of the States.
It's also ironic (if not sickening) to note the very Republicans who would have us believe gay civil rights are too unimportant in the "bigger scheme" of US problems to waste any time upon, themselves rushed to enact conservative social legislation when they first gained legislative majorities in recent elections. They ignored fixing the economy and creating new jobs, instead clogging the legislative process as they fixated on their war on women, war on minorities, and of course, war on gays. (Odd that one of the few things they haven't waged war upon is war itself)
Where were the Republican priorities for the last several years in Federal & State governments? They certainly weren't on the "bigger scheme" issues that the gay haters here say take priority over gay civil rights, and which justify denying those rights.
An original goal of the Constitution was to protect individual civil rights, not to limit them, nor to grant them to favored groups, and to the majority at the expense of any minority. But this is the perverted image of the Constitution that Republicans have promoted for many years, and that US citizens are beginning to accept as normal.
I'm proud that gays are a group that opposes this unconstitutional vision, and if we prevail it will be all Americans who benefit, not just us. And that's a "bigger scheme" that I can believe in.