Indiana State Medical Association “Marriage Equality and Public Health” Resolution

Last year, the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) passed, by an overwhelming majority voice vote at its annual convention, a resolution that the 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.

Subsequent Indiana legislative efforts (HJR-6) calling for the so-called constitutional “gay marriage ban” threaten to directly contribute to health care disparities affecting same-sex households.  The practical adverse health consequences to be anticipated if a constitutional ban on nontraditional marriage were to become law in Indiana are summarized in an article of from William Buffie, M.D. that was published by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) in June of this year.

This year, Dr. Buffie is seeking adoption of a new resolution that calls on the ISMA to: (1) publicly oppose future Indiana General Assembly efforts promoting HJR-6; and (2) support legislative efforts in support of nontraditional marriage. The full text of the resolution can be found here.

We ask that you show your support for Dr. Buffie's new resolution at this year's ISMA convention by signing the petition below.

Dear ISMA Reference Committee Members and Delegates,

I strongly urge you to support Dr. Buffie’s “Marriage Equality and Public Health” resolution at this year’s ISMA convention. The research that he cites, as documented in his June 2011 American Journal of Public Health article titled “Public Health Implications of Same-Sex Marriage,” highlights a fundamental gap in the provision of optimal health care to an at-risk population -- our gay and lesbian community. His conclusions are consistent with my professional experience and personal observations. I believe it is our responsibility to our patients and our state to offer the education and leadership that promote dignity, respect, and equal treatment of all people in a fashion that will optimize mental and physical health outcomes.

I encourage the ISMA to take a public stand on this very important issue that will garner further attention and debate at the state legislature level over the next few years.

Thank you.
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176 Tue Oct 18 09:04:36 EDT 2011 Jason Cadwallader Indiana University Health Greenwood, IN
175 Wed Sep 21 20:35:08 EDT 2011 Peter Ye IU School of Medicine Indianapolis, IN
174 Mon Sep 19 08:25:16 EDT 2011 Bryan Hankins Irvington Radiology Zionsville, IN
173 Wed Sep 14 10:03:21 EDT 2011 Amanda Harvey St. Joseph Hospital Converse, IN As a nurse I fully support this resolution as advocacy for my patients. As a partner in a same sex relationship I fully support this resolution as advocacy for my family. Thank you!
172 Mon Sep 12 21:20:11 EDT 2011 John T. Mail Radiology Associates of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
171 Sat Sep 10 16:56:04 EDT 2011 amanda strohl indiana equialty indianapolis, IN
170 Fri Sep 09 15:33:02 EDT 2011 amanda strohl indiana equialty indianapolis, IN
169 Fri Sep 09 06:55:22 EDT 2011 Regina Kreisle Indiana Univ. School Med Lafayette, IN
168 Fri Sep 09 02:02:22 EDT 2011 Orrin Perkins Radiology Associates of Inpls Carmel, IN Dr. Buffie's resolution has my strongest support. Many thanks to him for being a strong champion of this effort. No question, this is the right thing to do!
167 Thu Sep 08 22:41:04 EDT 2011 Bruce Nugent self Indianapolis, IN I am an ISMA member and strongly support passage of this resolution.
166 Thu Sep 08 21:41:18 EDT 2011 Timothy Divens Radiology Associates of Indianap Carmel, IN
165 Thu Sep 08 21:19:31 EDT 2011 Michael Fisher Self Zionsville, IN
164 Thu Sep 08 21:01:19 EDT 2011 Debra and Steve Dodd Indiana Equality Indpls, IN support this bill
163 Thu Sep 08 19:34:43 EDT 2011 Colin Johnson Self Bloomington, IN
162 Thu Sep 08 11:55:39 EDT 2011 Carissa Cartwright Self Indianapolis, IN
161 Thu Sep 08 10:11:00 EDT 2011 Seth Beard self Carmel , IN
160 Thu Sep 08 09:03:17 EDT 2011 Thomas Murphy Radiology Associates of Indianapolis Carmel, IN Thanks Dr. Buffie for all your hard work and dedication to this very important issue.
159 Wed Sep 07 19:17:13 EDT 2011 Cindy Konrad Indiana Equality Indianapolis, IN
158 Wed Sep 07 19:07:31 EDT 2011 Dolores moore home Indianapolis, IN Give equal rights to all citizens. Get religious doctrine out of our laws. This is not 1692 and Mass.
157 Wed Sep 07 18:46:23 EDT 2011 DARHLA LEVATO centerstone of indiana west bloomington, IN
156 Wed Sep 07 17:08:06 EDT 2011 Arden Wiehand Non-medical Indianapolis, IN Assimilation invites accountability which makes for a healthier individual and thereby a healthier society. Be a part of promoting both.
155 Wed Sep 07 15:39:21 EDT 2011 Hollie Mullins Not sure INDIANAPOLIS, IN
154 Wed Sep 07 15:09:26 EDT 2011 Morgan Hoover none Silver Spring, MD People free to marry each other are often healthier and happier and often lead longer lives. This marriage equality should apply to straight and gay alike.
153 Wed Sep 07 15:06:49 EDT 2011 Michael Freel None South Bend, IN
152 Wed Sep 07 13:27:48 EDT 2011 Dee Winter self Indianapolis, IN
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The names and support received through this petition process will be shared by Dr. William Buffie, author of the above mentioned article, with the delegates to the Indiana State Medical Association who will be involved in the debate over this resolution.

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