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Texas law does not permit a partner to make a medical decision on behalf of an incapacitated same-sex partner in the absence of an advance directive. § 313.004.

An adult may designate his or her same sex partner as a health care agent through an advance health care directive. To be valid the directive must be signed by the declarant in the presence of two witnesses. § 166.154.

Citation: Consent to Medical Treatment Act: Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann., Health & Safety, §§ 313.001 to 313.007 and Advanced Directives: Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann., Health & Safety, §§ 166.031 to 166.053

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Updated: Mon, April 28, 2008 - 11:00:10