Gay Rights Groups Concerned By Surgeon General Nominee's Stances

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - President Bush's nominee for surgeon general has come under fire from gay rights groups. Kentucky cardiologist Doctor James Holsinger voted to expel a lesbian pastor from the United Methodist Church and wrote in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.

Christina Gilgor of gay rights group, the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, says Holsinger has a pretty clear bias against gays and lesbians.

Sixty-eight-year-old Holsinger has declined all interview requests, and the White House had no immediate comment today.

Holsinger served as Kentucky's health secretary and chancellor of the University of Kentucky's medical center. He taught at several medical schools and spent more than three decades in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a major general.

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