In the wake of the Orlando shootings, U.S. senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were among two dozen bipartisan lawmakers who urged the Food and Drug Administration on Monday to lift a discriminatory policy that excludes most gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

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Saying the Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub this month highlights a discriminatory federal policy regarding blood donations, U.S. senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Monday joined the growing call to end restrictions targeting gay and bisexual men, among others.

They were among two dozen senators who sent a bipartisan letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf urging the agency to update the agency’s policy that refuses donations from gay and bisexual men who have had sex with another man within the past year.

“Some of those most touched by this tragedy — members of the LGBT community, who are especially eager to contribute to the response effort — are finding themselves turned away,” Murray and Cantwell, both Washington Democrats, said in a statement.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, the worst mass-shooting incident in modern U.S. history.

The letter calls on the agency to adopt donation policies based on individual risk, rather than group risk, adopting requirements that “don’t unfairly single out one group of individuals and allow all healthy Americans to donate.”

In December, the FDA lifted a 31-year-old blanket ban on donations from gay and bisexual men, replacing it with requirement for a year of abstinence from sex with men.

At the time, agency officials said the new policy was supported by science and would put the U.S. in line with policies in other countries. The one-year prohibition also applies to people who have had sex in the past year with people infected with HIV, or with commercial sex workers or intravenous drug users. It also applies to people who have traveled to certain countries in Africa.

The policy is aimed at reducing the risk of transmitting HIV in the blood supply. All blood donations are screened for HIV, but the test detects the virus only after it’s been in the bloodstream about 10 days. That allows a window when the virus that causes AIDS can go undetected. About 1 in 1.5 million units of blood donated in the U.S. gets through the screening, FDA officials said.

Advocates contend that the policy ignores healthy gay and bisexual men.

“A time-based deferral not based on individual risk remains discriminatory,” their statement said.

FDA officials typically respond directly to letters from lawmakers.