AMA Joins Efforts to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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This caught me off guard. The American Medical Association proved to be ahead of President Obama and the U.S. Congress by agreeing to join efforts to repeal the viciously homophobic, Clinton-era military policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

In a surprise move, 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’ policy creates an ethical dilemma for gay and lesbian service members, as well as 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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11 Responses to AMA Joins Efforts to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

  1. DMason says:

    Maybe this will shame Obama and the do nothing Democratic Congress into acting to repeal DADT and DOMA? After all, this is what Obama pledged he was committed to during the campaign and is the reason why I supported him.

  2. Rachel says:

    David – I think the Congress is beyond shame. Now, I do think Obama still has a conscious but it’s only been a year, so there’s still a chance he will do what’s right for the gay community.

  3. libhomo says:

    Now, if only they would stop opposing the right to die.

  4. Walk on Socks says:

    The number of groups and organizations who want “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed is growing larger each day and the rationalization to delay makes it clear now that there’s a concerted right wing, homophobic agenda coming from the Congress, the Pentagon, and the administration.

    This is precisely the sort of organization that a middle of the road Democrat like Obama will pay attention to.

    Good for the AMA.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    This, from the AMA? The doctor’s lobbyist group? I am stunned, shocked, and taken aback. Common sense and human rights are two characteristics I don’t usually associate with the AMA.

  6. Fran says:

    Welcome to the 21st century. I wonder what Canadians think of our bumbling country?

  7. Joe in Colorado says:

    It’s about 9 months too late to shame President Obama moving ahead with the repeal effort. Now, since he can’t create the jobs Americans are begging for, he’s jumped knee deep in Afghanistan and become the war president. Like this is going to earn him another 4 years in office.

  8. Jacob White says:

    As an infantrman in the greatest Army in the world, DADT should not be repealed. What will become different?? Wow gays can be open about their gayness, i dont want to hear about that when im in Iraq thinkin about my home and family and whether or not ill be coming home alive! Repealing DADT does absolutely nothing! Except cause tension within our military that doesnt need to be there. KEEP DADT

  9. Jacob White says:

    Oh and libhomo, i take it by your name your gay? what does your comment exactly mean? they stop opposing the right to die? how is that even an argument, i take it your either 11 years old or you have a mental disability. There is no right to be gay under AMERICA’S constitution! There is in fact in the constitution, that marriage is between man and woman. So if you wanna be gay, either move to where its excepted or quit talkin bout it and complaining

  10. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Jacob White –

    You’re a fucking disgrace to the military.

    BTW, there’s not ANYTHING in the Constitution that allows heteros to marry.

    But the Constitution and the Bill or Rights allows you to be a stupid son of a bitch and run around making shit up and clowning.

  11. Jacob White says:

    Arizona Cock sucker. The constitution DOES allow heteros to marry and it ONLY allows heteros to marry you dumb fuck! See those who wrote the constitution knew that marriage was only natural for man and woman. So therefore it most certainly is in the constitution. What isnt in their is ANY rights for fags which there shouldnt be

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