AMA votes to seek repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

CHICAGO — The nation’s largest doctors’ group has agreed to join
efforts to repeal the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The American
Medical Association
also voted to declare that gay marriage
bans contribute to health disparities for gay couples and their

Both gay-rights policies were adopted Tuesday at the AMA’s interim
policy meeting 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.