Saturday, May 28, 2011

U.S. House approves defense spending bill with three anti-gay amendments

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes three controversial, anti-gay amendments that seek to delay implementation of repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and reaffirm Congress’ support for the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Washington Blade reports:

By a vote of 322-96, the Republican-controlled House approved the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill after three days of debate that discussed continued military operations in Afghanistan, funding for next-generation military programs and increased pay rates for U.S. troops.

Among the many provisions of the defense authorization bill is anti-gay language that the House Armed Services Committee inserted upon consideration of the legislation.

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