Clay 77, and his partner of 20 years, Harold 88, resided in California and diligently protected their legal rights with wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold had a bad fall one evening and was rushed to the hospital. County and health care workers refused to follow directives & allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. Without authority, or concern for the value of Clay and Harold's possessions accumulated over 20 years together or making determining which items belonged to whom, the county auctioned off all of their belongings including their home. Clay is suing the County, the auction company and the nursing home and the trial is set for July 16, 2010 in the County of Sonoma. Obama just ordered greater medical rights for same-sex partners but it didn't come soon enough for Clay and Harold. All Clay is left with is memories and a photo album Harold made for Clay as he lay dying.