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Donated organs rejected because Tucson man was gay

Blender Stu of Desert Rat Democrat sent a link to this outrage along from AZ Central:

Albert Soto, a Tucson actor and community activist who died Saturday, intended to donate his eyes and tissue after death, but both were rejected because he was gay.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established guidelines allowing centers to reject donations from men who have had sex with men within the past five years, said Sara Pace Jones, a spokeswoman with the Donor Network of Arizona.

Soto, an administrator with the Tucson Pima Arts Council, died after suffering a stroke on Thanksgiving Day. Though Soto, 51, intended to be an organ donor, the organ recovery network rejected his donations.

So, using this logic, a sexually promiscuous heterosexual would be a fine candidate versus a monogamous gay person, all health issues being equal. The CDC’s five-year “no homo sex” rule makes as much sense as the three-year “no gay thoughts” rule for candidates for the priesthood.

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