CBS motion defeated at King's

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A motion to ban Canadian Blood Services was turned down at the last meeting of the King’s University College Students’ Council.

The motion was in response to recent controversy over CBS’ MSM policy, which bans any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The motion was defeated in an 18 to three vote, with one abstention.

KUCSC President Ryan Gauss said the overall feeling in council was that the positive work CBS accomplishes outweighs any negatives the MSM policy question could have.

The Supreme Court of Canada is currently judging whether or not the policy is discriminatory. Gauss explained it’s not up to KUCSC to decide.

“We’re not lawyers,” he said.

Joshua Ferguson, director of Standing Against Queer Discrimination, said while he is not pleased with the result, he was happy the motion had started people talking.

“It sparked a discussion at King’s and at least that’s positive,” Ferguson said.

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