The Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee announced confirmation hearings will begin on July 12 for Dr. James Holsinger, the Bush Administration's nominee for Surgeon General. Holsinger's curriculum vitae includes homophobic and scientifically inaccurate statements, opposing gay and lesbian clergy in the United Methodist Church and founding an ex-gay ministry.
Sen.Hillary Clinton, a member of the Health Committee, has promised to oppose Holsinger's confirmation. Sens. Barack Obama (IL) and Chris Dodd (CT) serve on the same committee and voice strong concerns, but have not said if they will oppose confirmation.
Bible Belt Blogger reports the Bush Administration is backpedaling on Holsinger's 1991 paper that described gay sex as "unnatural", referring to the document as "a compilation of studies that were available at that time."
Some Background ...
Lift Gag Rule from Surgeon Genl Nominee [R20]
Joycelyn Elders on Surgeon General Nominee [R20]
Senate GOP Leader Supports Nominee [R20]
Surgeon General Warning [R20]
Clinton, Edwards Oppose Surgeon Genl Nominee [R20]