Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bill Buffie, the advocacy stud.

I've blogged about my dad and his proposal to the Indiana State Medical Association before, but here is the biggie! At the same time that I was speaking at the Marriage Equality rally at City Hall in New York a few weeks ago, my dad's resolution passed with amended language and was adopted by the Indiana State Medical Association. This makes Indiana the first state to accept such a resolution which acknowledges the health care disparities of same sex couples who do not have marriage equality. It is so exciting to see that one state at a time, from medicine to pageants, we are using our talents and abilities to change our society and advocate for equality across the board. The official resolution as it passed is below. I think it's safe to say, I'm a really proud daughter :)

You can also read the blog he wrote for the Human Rights Campaign Backstory Blog about the resolution.  Guest Post: Pageants, Medicine, and LGBT Rights

ISMA Resolution 10-02A, passed September 26, 2010 by the House of Delegates 
(following  discussion by Public Health Issues Reference Committee on September 25th)
Title:  Same-Sex Marriage:  Public Health Implications 
Introduced by William C. Buffie, M.D.
1) Whereas, legal marriage status confers numerous financial and legal benefits upon married individuals that improve access to health care;
2) Whereas, better access to health care results in lower overall mortality;
3) Whereas, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community has diminished access to health care;
4) Whereas, the LGBT community suffers from significantly worse mental and physical health  outcomes compared to the community at large;
5) Whereas, the American Medical Association, at the November 2009 convention, acknowledged that same-sex marriage bans do contribute to health disparities in the U.S.;
6) Whereas, evolving medical/social science literature attest to the health benefits conferred by the social and legal recognition of same-sex marriage;
7) Whereas, the ISMA is a body that is to be guided in its decision-making by science, reason, and public policy standards that promote the health and well being of all Indiana citizens; 
8) Whereas, same-sex marriage equality has not been demonstrated to have any deleterious consequences for society in general;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Indiana State Medical Association (1) recognizes that exclusion from civil union or marriage contributes to health care disparities affecting same-sex households; (2) will work to reduce health care disparities among members of same-sex households, including minor children; and (3) will support measures providing same-sex households with the same rights and privileges to health care, health insurance, and survivor benefits, as afforded opposite-sex households.

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