Wednesday, November 11, 2009

AMA: DADT and Gay Marriage Bans are Bad Medicine

HOUSTON - The American Medical Association has agreed to join efforts to repeal the military's don't-ask-don't-tell policy.

The Chicago-based AMA also voted to declare that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities for gay couples and their children.

The nation's largest doctors' group adopted both gay-rights policies at its interim policy meeting Tuesday in Houston.

The AMA says the don't-ask-don't-tell law creates an ethical dilemma for gay service members and the doctors who treat them.

The other measure declares that marriage bans leave gays vulnerable to being excluded from health care benefits, including health insurance and family and medical leave rights. The new AMA policy stops short of opposing the bans.

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