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DADT & DOMA Defense Bill Update

By Charlotte Robinson, May 24, 2011
The Obama administration issued its Statement of
Administration Policy regarding the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA), as passed by the House
Armed Services Committee earlier this month.
This is in response of that nasty bill the House Armed
Services Committee is trying to include provisions
in the NDAA attempting to expand the "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" repeal process & to reaffirm or expand
the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). The
administration stated today that it "strongly objects"
to all 3 amendments. Despite these strong objections
the White House did not state that inclusion of any
of the 3 provisions would lead to recommendation
that President Obama would veto the bill. If the bill
does reach the Senate we should be in a better place
to defeat this homophobic agenda of the Republican
led House of Representatives. Updates to Come…:)
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1 comment:

Aubrey Sarvis said...

We are heartened to see the White House standing firm against attempts to use the defense spending bill as a vehicle for delaying or derailing the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and expanding “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). The most troubling is the Akin language which infringes upon the religious liberties of chaplains, service members, and Department of Defense civilian employees. This would set a dangerous precedent. At SLDN, we are focused on the Senate, where we should be better positioned to fight back these attacks.

Aubrey Sarvis Executive Director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

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