The lawmakers stressed that the science has changed dramatically since the ban was established in 1983 at the advent of the HIV-AIDS crisis. Today donated blood must undergo two different, highly accurate tests that make the risk of tainted blood entering the blood supply virtually zero, they said.
In 2006, the American Red Cross reported that the ban "is medically and scientifically unwarranted.''
The senators said that while hospitals and emergency rooms are in urgent need of blood products, ''healthy blood donors are turned away every day due to an antiquated policy and our blood supply is not necessarily any safer for it.''
It will be interesting how the anti-gay folks will fight this one.