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Gay Men Plan Blood Donation Protest

Gay men plan to try to donate blood Friday in protest to a 1977 policy that bans them from doing so. Also, gay health care rights have changed due to a Supreme Court ruling.

USA Today: Blood Drive To Challenge Ban On Donations From Gays
Gay men across the nation plan to offer to donate their blood Friday, even though they expect to be turned away. The blood drive, targeting 53 donor sites nationally, is designed to protest a 1977 federal policy barring gay and bisexual men from donating blood (Leys and Hall, 7/11).

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Analysis): The Supreme Court's Decision May Bring Big Changes For LGBT Health Care
In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court last month struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that had limited recognition of marriage to one between a man and a woman. This judicial move may herald major changes for the gay community with regard to health care access and cost (Field, 7/11).

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