Carolinas News Notes
CHARLOTTE â€” The American Public Health Association said it was unhappy with the outcome of the May 8 constitutional amendment vote banning gay marriage.
â€śPublic health is fundamentally about human rights,â€ť said Georges Benjamin, M,D., FACP, FACEP, executive director of the association, which held its midyear meeting during the last week of June in the Queen City. â€śOur work to assure the health of all people is founded on principles of equality and justice. A ban denying citizens equal rights runs counter to our principles.â€ť
Various people across the country were concerned about coming to North Carolina after the vote.
â€śThe LGBT Caucus of the American Public Health Association requested that we still come, hold our meeting here and show our solidarity with them,â€ť said Benjamin. â€śWe decided to come and register our deep dismay.â€ť
â€śWe commend the people of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and those in other parts of the state who chose not to support this ban,â€ť said Benjamin.
For more information, visit apha.org.