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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212 Wed Dec 11 23:26:33 EST 2013 Vickie Bedwell independent Anderson, IN
211 Wed Dec 11 23:25:57 EST 2013 Vickie Bedwell independent Anderson, IN
210 Mon Jan 14 16:41:53 EST 2013 Greg Carter IU Health Bloomington, IN
209 Thu Dec 06 21:18:46 EST 2012 Grant Butler VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Schererville, IN I support equality.
208 Fri Dec 30 22:30:44 EST 2011 Tonya French Arca london , NY One understands that life seems to be very expensive, but people require money for different stuff and not every person earns enough money. So to get fast <a href="">mortgage More....
207 Fri Nov 04 11:25:36 EDT 2011 Kelly Vanhulle IU Health Indianapolis, IN
206 Thu Oct 27 15:17:57 EDT 2011 Christopher Latta Indiana Equality Bloomington, IN
205 Wed Sep 21 21:03:37 EDT 2011 Maria Monn Physicians for Human Rights Indianapolis, IN
204 Fri Sep 16 11:10:36 EDT 2011 Gara Syverson CHN Anderson, IN First hand experience of how Indiana is sadly not a state of equality.
203 Wed Sep 14 10:13:25 EDT 2011 Kendra Wilcox St. Vincent Hospital Carmel, IN "If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human More....
202 Tue Sep 13 20:10:20 EDT 2011 margaret thorn lutheran hospital ft wayne, IN
201 Mon Sep 12 22:07:49 EDT 2011 Kenneth McCamish Clark Memorial Hospital Jeffersonville, IN We believe that all people are created equal and are endowed by their creator with uninalienable rights.
200 Sat Sep 10 21:09:31 EDT 2011 Rev. Russell Rogers II Nurse Indianapolis, IN I support equality in Health Care
199 Sat Sep 10 21:09:15 EDT 2011 Rev. Russell Rogers II Nurse Indianapolis, IN I support equality in Health Care
198 Sat Sep 10 20:02:43 EDT 2011 Carrie Tucker-Pollard n/a Sacramento, CA
197 Sat Sep 10 16:56:34 EDT 2011 amanda strohl indiana equialty indianapolis, IN
196 Sat Sep 10 00:00:50 EDT 2011 Jamen Ratcliff ITT Tech Institute Fort Wayne, IN
195 Fri Sep 09 23:59:08 EDT 2011 Randy Houchen Glenbrook Rehab/Nursing Fort Wayne, IN
194 Fri Sep 09 23:55:49 EDT 2011 Randy Houchen Glenbrook Rehab/Nursing Fort Wayne, IN
193 Fri Sep 09 22:30:36 EDT 2011 Terrie Hill IN Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Clarksvillle, IN
192 Thu Sep 08 21:00:44 EDT 2011 Debra and Steve Dodd Indiana Equality Indpls, IN please support this bill
191 Thu Sep 08 18:19:24 EDT 2011 Renee Dawson Myself CARTHAGE, IN
190 Thu Sep 08 18:17:37 EDT 2011 Caroline Curlin Center for Psychological Development Muncie, IN
189 Thu Sep 08 16:14:38 EDT 2011 Melissa Trevino N/A Indianapolis, IN
188 Thu Sep 08 15:12:53 EDT 2011 Ann Bowman Bowman Counseling Noblesville, 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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