EU top court says banning homosexuals from giving blood may be justified

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s top court ruled on Wednesday that banning homosexual men from giving blood may be justified where strictly necessary and only if there are no alternatives for preventing the transmission of severe infectious diseases. A doctor in France refused a blood donation from Geoffrey Leger in 2009 on the grounds that he had had sex with another man. French law excludes blood donations from men in such cases as a measure against the spread of diseases such as HIV. Leger challenged the decision and the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union was asked whether permanently banning people having had homosexual relations from donating blood was against EU law.
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