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England To Reduce Restrictions On Gay Men Giving Blood from 1 Year to 3 Months of Celibacy

Great Britian To Reduce Restrictions On Gay Men Giving Blood from 1 Year to 3 Months of Celibacy

Gay men in England will be allowed to donate blood three months after having sex instead of a year, under equality reforms announced by the government yesterday.

Fears over infections being passed on through donations from gay men led to an outright ban at the height of the Aids epidemic but that was cut to 12 months in 2011. Medical advances mean the time limit will be reduced again under plans for the NHS in England.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said the government was building on the progress made on tackling prejudice in the 50 years since the partial decriminalization of homosexuality.

“This government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality and today we’re taking the next step forward,” she said. “We will build on the significant progress we have made over the past 50 years, tackling some of the historic prejudices that still persist in our laws and giving LGBT people a real say on the issues affecting them.”

In 2015 the United States changed its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood to the  1 year ban well behind that of the UK and and other parts of Europe.

British Prime Minister David Cameron Promises To Legalize Gay Marriage By The Year 2015

Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday promised that gay  marriage will be legalized by the year 2015 saying:  ‘I am absolutely determined that this  Coalition government will follow in that tradition by legislating for gay  marriage in this Parliament.

Cameron also compared the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage to that of the Conservative party who once ‘locked out’ homosexuals.

Mr Cameron, who was speaking at a Number 10 Baker Street  reception for members of the LGBT community,  has promised his MPs a free vote on the issue adding: It’s something I feel passionately about and I think if it’s good enough for  straight people like me, it’s good enough for everybody and that’s why we should  have gay marriage and we will.

Prime Ministers in the Scottish Parliament  yesterday promised to bring forward laws enabling same-sex marriage by the start  of 2015.

Mr Cameron wants similar laws in England and  Wales by that year also.