House Again Votes to Remind Lesbian and Gay Troops Their Families Don’t Get Equal Treatment
July 20, 2012 by David Stacy, Deputy Legislative Director
Republicans in the House of Representatives are at it again. Following a week where they voted to repeal health care reform for the 31st time, yesterday they voted to reaffirm support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for the third time.
As the House considered the Defense Appropriations bill, an amendment was offered that told us something we already know: the military must comply with the DOMA. Military leaders and advocates alike recognize DOMA applies to the military. In addition, lesbian and gay service members need no reminder that their families are unable to access healthcare and certain housing benefits because of DOMA.
It is clear that supporters of the amendment aren’t interested in legislating about real problems. Instead they seem fixated on politicizing the lesbian and gay troops that are serving in the military across the globe.
The House of Representatives adopted an identical amendment last year when considering the Defense Appropriations bill. They also adopted an identical amendment earlier this year as part of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.
The amendment was offered by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) – one of the most anti-LGBT legislators in the House. It was adopted 247 to 166. HRC will work with our Senate allies to keep this ill-intentioned language out of the final bill.
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