In November of 2009, the American Medical Association voted to oppose the U. S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The vote took place in Houston at its Interim Meeting of House Delegates.
Their decision came before President Obama’s State of the Union Address in January of 2010, when he called for an end of the policy as well.
The A.M.A. said the policy creates an ethical dilemma for military doctors and the gay and lesbian service members they treat.
That’s because the policy forces gay and lesbian service members to keep their sexual orientation a secret, thus hindering open communications between the patient and their doctor.
Dr. David Fassier, who attended the meeting, said any law that forces people to lie to their physician is a bad law.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 8:59am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]