Codification of DoD HIV Ban Marks A Sad Day in AIDS History.
AIDS Action Heartened Clinton Administration Taking Bold Steps To Right A Grievous Wrong
February 9, 1996
AIDS Action Network AlertAIDS Action Council asked President Clinton to veto the 1996 Department of Defense Authorization bill and with it the accompanying provision mandating the discharge of 1,049 otherwise healthy active duty service members who are HIV-infected. This provision, championed by Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Calif.), should never have been legislated and allowed to reach the President's desk for signature. It did. President Clinton does not need to, although it is indicated that he will tomorrow, sign into law a bill codifying such a blatantly discriminatory and un-American provision. He did. Given that the Republican congressional leadership allowed this disastrous measure to pass, and that the President intends to sign this bill despite vociferous community opposition, AIDS Action is heartened that the Clinton administration is taking appropriate steps to right the grievous wrong that has been committed against patriotic men and women whose only "sin" takes the form of an insidious virus coursing through their veins. Today marks a sad day in the history of the AIDS epidemic.
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AIDS Action Council Denounces As Shameful Military HIV Ban Proposed By Republican Majority, To Be Signed Today By Clinton
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