Source: AP

The American Medical Association has voted to oppose the military policy concerning gay service members, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), saying it has “a chilling effect” on open communication with one’s doctor.

“A law which makes people lie to their physicians is a bad law,” said Dr. David Fassler, a University of Vermont psychiatry professor who attended the meeting.

The group also publicly declared that same-sex marriage bans contribute to health care disparities.

The health disparities policy is based on evidence showing that married couples are more likely to have health insurance, and that the uninsured have a high risk for “living sicker and dying younger,” said Dr. Peter Carmel, an AMA board member.

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