Saying a federal directive aimed at keeping gay men from donating blood violates school non-discrimination policies, the president of a California university is stopping blood drives on campus, the San Jose Mercury News reports. In a campus-wide email, San Jose State University president Don Kassing says a ban on such collections by student and staff groups will remain in effect indefinitely.
The Food and Drug Administration holds that donations from gay men carry greater risk of contaminating the blood supply with AIDS; its ban—which has long angered gay-rights groups—has been in place since the 1980s. San Jose State's break with the FDA is believed to be the first of its kind, the Mercury News reports. (Read more blood drives stories.)