Despite a majority of Americans supporting the repeal of DADT; despite a federal court ordering the immediate end to DADT; the US House of Reps voted on a defense bill that slows down the repeal of DADT. Repuiblicans should be ashamed of themselves. But that would require having a soul. The few Dems that voted for those amendments should be voted out of office as soon as possible.
I wonder how many jobs this will create? Where are the jobs, Speaker Boehner?
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 The amendment comes on the heels of a recently rescinded Navy directive that would allow Navy chaplains to voluntarily perform same-sex marriages.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.
Proponents of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, hailed Foxx's amendment as a reaffirmation of current law.