AMA Votes To Seek Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal
The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest professional group of doctors, has agreed to support the effort to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members. It said the law creates an ethical dilemma for gay service members and the doctors who treat them. The organization also voted to declare that bans on same-sex marriages contribute to health disparities for gay couples and their children.
Activists Urge Obama and DNC Funding Boycott
Americablog’s John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay have organized a boycott against President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), recommending people withhold funds until he and the party uphold campaign promises to the GLBT community. Aravosis said on his website, “This campaign is temporary, and is only meant to help some friends, President Obama and the Democratic Party, who have lost their way.” The petition asks readers not give to Obama or the DNC until “the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) is repealed, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed—all of which President Obama repeatedly promised to do if elected.”
Sweden’s Lutheran Church Ordains First Openly Lesbian Bishop
According to the Canadian Press, Sweden’s Lutheran Church has ordained its first openly lesbian bishop. The move comes just two weeks after the church gave clergy the right to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Eva Brunne was ordained as a bishop in a ceremony in Stockholm. She told the Associated Press, “It is very positive that our church is setting an example here, and is choosing me as bishop based on my qualifications, when they also know that they can meet resistance elsewhere.” She is in a registered same-sex partnership, and has one child. Brunne is believed to be the only openly lesbian bishop of a major Christian denomination.