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,” {link}highlights a fundamental gap in the provision of optimal health care to an at-risk population -- our gay and lesbian community.

Though I myself am not a health care provider, it is evident to me that the stigma associated with being gay or having a gay family member is all too often a negative one that results in a cascade of events that culminates in poor mental and physical health outcomes for members of our community. We see this manifest in many alarming ways. HJR-6, the so-called “gay marriage ban”/constitutional amendment, the bill being considered at a state legislative level, is one that is born of fear and ignorance and only serves to foster an unhealthy climate for our gay community that directly results in poor health outcomes; drives people from our state; and establishes our state as one that is intolerant and unwelcoming.

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.

Thank you.
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1185 Sat Nov 24 09:15:32 EST 2012 Heather Tanner Fort Wayne, IN Equality is a civil right!
1184 Wed Nov 07 10:08:23 EST 2012 Jeffrey Ubelhor Newburgh, IN
1183 Wed Oct 10 12:16:31 EDT 2012 jennifer barrett jasper, IN
1182 Thu Jul 26 17:51:09 EDT 2012 Paige Harper Noblesville, IN
1181 Sun Jun 24 14:32:31 EDT 2012 dewey turner Indianapolis, IN
1180 Sun Jun 24 14:05:25 EDT 2012 Russell Andrews Indianapolis, IN I moved to Indiana in 2007. I am appalled at the complete and utter lack of tolerance in this state. It crosses all rational thinking and demonstrates the complete lack of sensitivity and education. More....
1179 Mon Apr 30 10:04:27 EDT 2012 adam grove terre haute, IN
1178 Mon Apr 16 15:57:45 EDT 2012 John Mannin Eli Lilly and Co. Indianapolis, IN
1177 Fri Mar 02 19:35:38 EST 2012 Justin Boschee Rochester, IN
1176 Thu Jan 26 18:07:10 EST 2012 Basil Bryson Anderson, IN
1175 Tue Jan 17 19:50:00 EST 2012 Seslie Smith Greenfield, IN
1174 Thu Sep 29 17:30:12 EDT 2011 Katie Bachmeyer Cincinnati, OH
1173 Mon Sep 26 09:32:21 EDT 2011 Casey Choong Eli Lilly & Co. INC. Indianapolis, IN
1172 Mon Sep 26 09:26:09 EDT 2011 Steven Verfaille Donor Indianapolis, IN
1171 Thu Sep 22 22:08:18 EDT 2011 Krissa Keys Fort Wayne, IN
1170 Thu Sep 22 00:28:46 EDT 2011 Matthew Turissini Indianapolis, IN
1169 Wed Sep 21 21:38:31 EDT 2011 Sangeeta Sakaria Indianapolis, IN
1168 Sun Sep 18 23:35:36 EDT 2011 Kathy Lesch Indianapolis, IN
1167 Wed Sep 14 11:38:28 EDT 2011 Megan Ramer Chicago Community Mennonite Church Chicago, IL
1166 Wed Sep 14 08:36:16 EDT 2011 Kathryn Miller Design Training Collaborative Placitas, NM
1165 Wed Sep 14 08:35:45 EDT 2011 Elizabeth Bontrager Goshen, IN
1164 Wed Sep 14 07:29:20 EDT 2011 Robert L. Buzzard Goshen, IL
1163 Wed Sep 14 04:04:34 EDT 2011 Mary Waltner Chicago, IL Please listen to the people.
1162 Tue Sep 13 23:04:39 EDT 2011 Camala Dubach Chicago, IL
1161 Tue Sep 13 11:48:37 EDT 2011 Mark Gilgallon North United Methodist Church Indpls, 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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