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Anti-gay language in defense bill is removed from Senate version of the bill

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By Scottie Thomaston

Last week, President Obama threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because of several provisions, some of which are designed to attack the LGBT community. We wrote here at the time:

The House’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act also has several anti-LGBT provisions. Think Progress says:

In its one Statement of Administration Policy, the White House outlined numerous reasons it opposes the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a military “license to bully” provision and restricts same-sex marriages or similar ceremonies from being held on military bases.

After the president’s announcement that he supports marriage equality, I think some people, including myself, expected the president to make that statement and then pivot to other issues facing the American people. It has not turned out that way – he has done interviews reiterating his position, and he is now including “marriage equality” in some campaign speeches, reminding voters that it strengthens families. Republicans might have become quieter on these issues but it’s clear they are willing to work on passage of unnecessary and hateful anti-LGBT bills.

Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee completed their work on the lengthy NDAA bill, and their version doesn’t contain the anti-gay provisions:

The Senate Armed Services Committee didn’t include anti-gay language found in House legislation as part of its markup of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill. The 26-member Democratic-controlled committee, chaired by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), on Thursday completed work on the $631 billion legislation, which authorizes funding for military programs and troop pay.

This is good, because it seems unlikely that the Senate would put those provisions back in the bill before the final Senate vote. The two bills – House and Senate – will have to be worked out in conference. The president’s veto threat will likely provide more backing to those who don’t want the discriminatory provisions back in the bill.

15 Comments

  • 1. Sagesse  |  May 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

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  • 2. Seth from Maryland  |  May 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    President Obama won’t be seeing any backlash in Arizona for his recent declaration of support for gay marriage. 77% of Arizona voters believe gay couples should either be allowed to marry or form civil unions. And support isn’t just limited to liberal voters—in addition to 94% support from Democrats, 63% of Republicans and 83% of independents back gay marriages or civil unions.

    79% of Hispanics support either gay marriages or civil unions, putting to rest theories suggesting Obama would lose support from the mostly Catholic demographic for his new stance on gay marriage. In addition, 85% of the other racial minorities which make up about 11% of the electorate support either marriage rights or civil unions for gay couples.

  • 3. Seth from Maryland  |  May 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    9% of Hispanics support either gay marriages or civil unions, putting to rest theories suggesting Obama would lose support from the mostly Catholic demographic for his new stance on gay marriage. In addition, 85% of the other racial minorities which make up about 11% of the electorate support either marriage rights or civil unions for gay couples.
    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/a

  • 4. Seth from Maryland  |  May 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    79% not 9% sorry about that ^

  • 5. Anti-gay language in defe&hellip  |  May 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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  • 6. Steve  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    More importantly, Hispanics have far bigger things to worry about than marriage equality. Especially in states like Arizona, where the Republicans are doing little but trying to deport them, throw them in prison, keep them from voting.It would be suicidal for them to vote for Republicans, when the Democrats are in favor or legislation that benefits them, such as the Dream Act.

  • 7. Scott Wooledge  |  May 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Yeah, people of color who let Obama's marriage equality position lead them to vote for Romney or Republicans are, I am sorry to say at least as stupid as gays who let the promise of lower taxes lead them to vote GOP.

    Supporting an existential threat to their very lives over a single issue.

  • 8. Scott Wooledge  |  May 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Fortunately it will probably be removed in committee. In truth the Tea Party cavemen got what they wanted, they can go back to their voters and explain they really, really tried to beat up on gay and lesbian soldiers but the evil Democrats in the Senate and the White House stopped them.

    This episodes are demonstrative that increasingly the GOP is not able to legislate their hate onto our lives on the national level.

    Also instructive that unlike DADT and DOMA the Democrats aren't helping the GOP beat up on gays, fortunately.

  • 9. Str8Grandmother  |  May 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

    GOP = Gay Oppression Party

  • 10. _BK_  |  May 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    We should come up with a list of meanings for the acronym GOP…

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