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HIV Travel Ban & Bill Clinton’s Legacy

In a bipartisan move yesterday, the U.S. Senate “approve[d] a global AIDS relief bill that includes language calling for the repeal of a law that bans foreign visitors and immigrants with HIV from entering the U.S.”, reports The Washington Blade. The House is expected to likewise pass this bill shortly, which President Bush has promised to sign into law. This in itself is newsworthy, but I was most intrigued by the closing paragraph of the Blade’s article:

Congress enacted the HIV visitor and immigrant ban into law in 1993 at a time when supporters of the ban argued that foreign visitors and immigrants with HIV would flock to the U.S. to seek treatment for AIDS, overloading U.S. health facilities. President Bill Clinton expressed opposition to the ban but chose to sign the bill enacting the ban, which was approved by the then Democratic-controlled Congress, drawing criticism from gay and AIDS activists.

A “Democratic-controlled Congress” passed this ban while a Democrat president signed it into law. For all the talk I hear from the Left about how gay-friendly Bill Clinton was as president, with George W. Bush being the epitome of all that is evil, we once again see that the rhetoric just doesn’t add up. This is not to say that Clinton wasn’t gay-friendly at times or that Bush hasn’t been anti-gay at times as well, and vice versa, but this does put things a bit more into perspective. Let’s see, Clinton signed into law DADT, DOMA, and this HIV travel ban that activists have decried. Given the complete lack of spine and principles the man demonstrated while in office, why exactly should gays consider the former president to be a hero? Seems to me that he was all talk and very little action, well, except for all the wrong actions I guess you could say.

— John (Average Gay Joe)



  1. I have a ‘precious’ memory of attending a gay political event in the final year of the Clinton Administration, a jacket-and-tie dinner where a couple hundred people donated money to be there. The Clinton Administration sent some flunky to speak about how great they were for gays. The clapping was deathly sparse and chilly. Most people sat on their hands, then gave a roaring ovation to the next speaker to show what had been withheld from the Clinton speaker.

    So, there was a time when gays understood that Clinton was bad. Too bad they’ve gone all nutty since then. Bush has actually been great for gays on AIDS budgets. On the downside, Bush did propose FMA/MPA – but with little serious backing and thankfully, they’ve gone nowhere thus far.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 17, 2008 @ 8:49 pm - July 17, 2008

  2. And nobody has yet explained to my why, as a gay man, I should vote for liberals by default.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 18, 2008 @ 1:11 am - July 18, 2008

  3. Simple, TGC – because we straight, white, Catholic Rethuglicans hate you and want you all to die.

    Geez, didn’t you get the memo?

    Comment by Christopher — July 18, 2008 @ 11:15 am - July 18, 2008

  4. Funny that Sen. John Kerry is sponsoring the repeal on travel by those with HIV status..and where was he when he supported banning same sex marriage at the state level in Massachussetts by way of constitutional amendment..and tried to explain that away “marriage is for procreation only” and between a man and a woman….now why hasn’t he procreated with Teresa Heinz?

    Clinton gave us incredilby damning and damaging legislation with DOMA, DADT and the HIV travel ban and it will take decades to undo the damage done by liberals…..

    and yet like lambs to slaughter too many of our community keep backing those morons…..NObama gives us pretty lip service and conduct is damning and damaging to our community……and who said history doesn’t repeat itself?

    Comment by Rocket — July 18, 2008 @ 4:33 pm - July 18, 2008

  5. Wait, how is it good for the US to allow people with deadly communicable diseases to come here? Why is the “gay” disease OK, but hepatitis and tuberculosis are bad? Is this about pandering or public health?

    Comment by Smarty — July 18, 2008 @ 9:21 pm - July 18, 2008

  6. Ditto on smarty’s question, especially when so many illegals are a drain on our healthcare system as it is.
    I would also like to know why so many billions of dollars are taken from the taxpayer for AIDS? It is pretty much a preventable disease. If the gay community does not want to change it’s behavior, then the gay community should use it’s own money.

    Comment by Annie — July 19, 2008 @ 2:10 am - July 19, 2008

  7. Geez, didn’t you get the memo?

    Nope. It’s been over 10 years and I haven’t gotten my membership package or any memorandums that followed. I still don’t know why I should give a crap about Barbara Streisand or Judy Garland. Sure Judy was a great actress and singer, but that’s about it.

    but hepatitis and tuberculosis are bad?

    Well, TB goes without saying since it can be transmitted by coughing or sneezing in the general vicinity of others. As far as Hep and HIV goes, you have to bleed on someone, rim someone, have unprotected sex with someone etc. You just can’t ASSume that someone with either is going to come to this country for the express purposes of doing that.

    What’s more, if you engage in that kind of activity with a person without knowing their status, it’s your own damn fault. That falls on your irrisponsibility and not on the government.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 19, 2008 @ 5:47 am - July 19, 2008

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    Comment by Herman — July 19, 2008 @ 5:50 am - July 19, 2008

  9. Yes, but gays are known fo risky behavior. If you look at “gay tourism” info, you don’t see landmarks, you see clubs where you can meet those people who like to rim strangers. And since it is a deadly disease, and even if it doesn’t kill you it costs the TAXPAYER 60k/year in drugs, we don’t need it here. Even some third world countries have the common sense to not allow the importation of new aids patients, why don’t we?

    Comment by Smarty — July 19, 2008 @ 8:17 am - July 19, 2008

  10. #8 – Herman, here’s a reality check: Bush isn’t running for prez again in 2008. Deal with it.

    You libtards are going to be so empty in your pathetic lives after January 20, 2009. You won’t have anyone to blame for your own shortcomings.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 19, 2008 @ 1:55 pm - July 19, 2008

  11. Your travel experience is extremely valuable to other PLWHA

    Sometimes the official information about HIV travel restrictions differs from the reality discovered by positive travelers. Recently a good friend told me that she applied for residence in Poland and she didnt have to undergo a medical testing,contrary to the official specifications.

    Please post your travel experiences in this blog( ) so we can have a clearer idea about positive traveling and help each other.

    Comment by — December 8, 2008 @ 9:19 pm - December 8, 2008

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