Federal authorities are looking into whether a Missouri hospital violated a patient's rights when staffers arrested his visiting partner.

Roger Gorley was forcibly removed by police when he refused to leave the bedside of his partner, Allen Mansell. Gorley told several sources that he and Mansell are in a civil union. However, Missouri does not recognize such unions.

“I was not recognized as being the husband,” Gorley told Kansas City Fox affiliate Fox 4. “I wasn't recognized as being the partner.”

Gorley said that a nurse at Research Medical Center in Kansas City “didn't even bother to look it up. To check into it.”

Gorley reportedly was asked to leave by a family member. When he refused, security put him in handcuffs and he was carted away from the building.

In a Facebook post, Gorley explained that Mansell was exhibiting “some bad side effects” from the lack of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to treat his depression. Mansell's scheduled sessions had been interrupted due to a “large snow storm” and “the ECT facility forcing him to reschedule many times.” Mansell's brother, Lee, with the help of police, intervened. Saying that his brother posed a danger to himself, something Gorley denies, Lee admitted Mansell into the hospital.

Hospital officials have said that “bad behavior” was the sole reason they acted.

“He [Gorley] and the patient's brother were fighting in the patient's room very loudly, very crassly, inappropriate language,” Rob Dyer of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the parent company of Research Medical Center, told Fox 4.

HCA denied there was a restraining order against Gorley. But a police report shows he had been cited for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

In comments to BuzzFeed, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) spokesman Brian Cook said his agency was “aware of this specific issue and we are working to gather the facts and determine what steps to take in a speedy manner.”

“All Americans are guaranteed the right to receive hospital visitors that they designate, and there are specific protections in our rules for same-sex couples across the country. We take alleged violations of federal rules around hospital visitation very seriously,” he added.