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NGLTF Applauds Conferees On HIV Repeal

Date: 
April 25, 1996

Though homophobic zealot Rep. Bob Dornan (R - CA) vows to persist in his efforts to maintain a provision that calls for a discharge from the military of all personnel with HIV, yesterday White House and Republican negotiators announced an agreement to repeal the provision.

The provision, which was attached to a Department of Defense Authorization Act and signed by the President in February, generated harsh criticism from communities across the country, including HIV/AIDS advocates and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Following is the statement of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the nation's oldest gay and lesbian civil rights organization. The statement is attributable to Melinda Paras, NGLTF executive director.

"Reason and common sense have finally prevailed. This provision made no sense from a financial, medical, or ethical perspective. It was blatantly AIDSphobic and homophobic. We know Bob Dornan will persist in his unrelenting crusade against people with AIDS and gay and lesbian people. But we also know that no one in good conscience could continue to support such a mean-spirited and inflammatory provision. We call on the Congressional leadership to stop Rep. Dornan from reintroducing this measure and expect a strong rebuke from them if such intolerance and hatred from Rep. Dornan continue."

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