A European Court of Justice advocate-general says France’s gay blood ban is discriminatory, contending that it targets people unfairly because of gender and sexual orientation, rather than focusing on sexual behaviour, The Local reports.
“The French rules consider [homosexual sex] an indisputable presumption of exposure to an elevated risk, independent of the conditions of and the frequency of relations or practices,” Paolo Mengozzi says. “France’s criteria is thus too broad and too generic,” he adds, in an opinion that will eventually be considered by the court.
While the report points out that Mengozzi’s stance isn’t binding, the court often embraces the views of its advocates-general, of which there are nine, who provide legal opinions on cases before judges debate and deliver their rulings.
In May, New Zealand announced it is seeking to revise its blood-donor regulations, with the country’s bRadio New Zealand reports