Thursday, November 12, 2009

AMA votes to seek repeal of 'don't ask,don't tell'

The American Medical Association went on record as opposing "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and agrees that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities.

The AMA on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at its annual meeting in Houston, TX, approved a resolution proposed by Dr. Paul A .Wertsch, family physician and PFLAG dad from Madison, Wisconsin, requesting a repeal of the military’s "Don’t ask, don’t tell" law. Dr. Wertsch’s resolution pointed out that a law that makes people lie to their physicians is a bad law.

The AMA also accepted a well researched report that points out that health disparities exist for unmarried couples and their children. Gay couples are not able to get health insurance through a spouse. Married people live longer than unmarried people. Children of LGBT parents benefit when their parents are in a legal, respected relationship. Much of the report was researched and written by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Society.

The AMA’s positions will help the lobbying efforts of gay-rights advocates.

--Kay Heggestad, PFLAG Regional Director

Learn more: AMA votes to seek repeal of 'don't ask,don't tell'

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