Great news: U.S. ends ban on blood donations by gay men

Great news: U.S. ends ban on blood donations by gay men
NYC Gay Pride parade in 2012. (Image: AP, Seth Wenig via CNSNews)

[Ed. – But — set your watches — gay advocacy groups say the new policy is still discriminatory.]

The United States government on Monday overturned its 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men, saying they can now donate 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man. …

The move brings the United States in line with countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand which also have 12-month deferral periods.

[Because you know no one would ever lie about such things. – Ed.]

Gay rights advocates said the updated policy remains discriminatory.

“It is ridiculous and counter to the public health that a married gay man in a monogamous relationship can’t give blood, but a promiscuous straight man who has had hundreds of opposite sex partners in the last year can,” said Jared Polis, a Democratic congressman and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, a caucus of openly gay members of Congress.

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