House passes defense bill that SLOWS DOWN DADT repeal and reaffirms DOMA

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    Jul 09, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    Besides spending more than ever on the military, how about adding some good old gay bashing? icon_mad.gif
    WASHINGTON -- The House on Friday quietly passed a defense spending bill with provisions that slow the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) and reaffirm the federal ban on gay marriage.

    The $648 billion defense appropriations package easily passed in a 336-87 vote. The bill also includes a $17 billion increase over last year's non-emergency spending. But the 112 Democrats who helped pass it also endorsed a package with two GOP amendments taking aim at gay rights.

    The first amendment by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) bars the use of defense funds for training military chaplains to prepare for a DADT repeal. The amendment comes on the heels of a recently rescinded Navy directive that would allow Navy chaplains to voluntarily perform same-sex marriages.

    The second amendment by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) prohibits defense dollars from being used "in contravention of section 7 of title 1, United States Code (the Defense of Marriage Act)." In layman's terms, it bars defense funds from being used for any benefits -- housing, education, medical services or transportation -- for same-sex couples.
    But gay rights supporters can't just blame Republicans, since Democrats voted with them to attach both amendments to the bill. Huelskamp had nine Democrats supporting his amendment and Foxx's amendment had the support of 19 Democrats.
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    Jul 09, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    I met a gay guy walking to the grocery store yesterday. During our short conversation, he said he'd been in the US for 19 years, and is moving back to his home country later this year because this country has gotten more corrupt than his home country was when he left.
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    Jul 09, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    It is funny that you see in these RJ forums and gay forums and news sites elsewhere some saying that right now we shouldn't be pushing too hard for gay marriage and other gay rights since we need to focus on the economy and two wars we are in, and yet some of our elected officials can still find the time to work against gay rights.
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    Jul 09, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    Green_Panda saidAren't you guys about to default on your debt? Where is this money coming from for a defense budget increase?

    Good question. Ask Eric Cantor.

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    Jul 09, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    The senate has their own version of the bill which doesn't include DADT and DOMA provisions, though it may when it reaches the floor.