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U.S. House approves anti-gay DOMA amendment to defense appropriations bill

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of an anti-gay amendment to the defense appropriations bill that reaffirms the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as component of the Pentagon spending legislation.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) was approved by a vote of 248-175, and reads:

“The proposed amendment simply expresses the intent of Congress that in all military policies, regulations, programs, and matters involving benefits, funds may not be used for activities in contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

“This amendment is completely unnecessary and only serves to cloud the debate over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal by pointlessly injecting the issue of marriage equality into the conversation,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

“Since Pentagon officials have made it clear that they are bound by DOMA like every other federal agency, it’s puzzling why Rep. Foxx would question whether our military leaders understand this point. House Republican leaders seem to have no end to their desire to play politics with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people instead of tackling real problems. It will be up to the Senate to reject the House’s return to using LGBT Americans as a wedge issue,” he said.

The appropriations bill differs from the defense authorization bill in that the appropriations bill confers budget authority on federal agencies.

The House version of the defense authorization bill contained a similar amendment reaffirming the Defense of Marriage Act, and two other anti-gay measures. The Senate Armed Services Committee, however, dropped those provisions in its version of the legislation.

On July 8, 2010, a federal judge struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

The Obama Administration has stopped defending DOMA in federal court, although the House GOP leadership has since taken steps to defend the law.

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35 more reader comments:

  1. i like the stupid picture :P

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:37pm
  2. -iamdisappoint-

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:37pm
  3. ..honestly… WHAT THE FUCK. :/

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:38pm
  4. God damn radicals need to die in my opinion

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:39pm
  5. So much for progress. And here I thought things were going to change, but no, we still have shit for brain people “leading” us. More like favoring the enemy (bigots) -_-

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:39pm
  6. It will never make it past The US Senate. We are still in control of it, thank goodness. She is a stupid Bitch…

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:40pm
  7. 1 step forward, 2 steps back…

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:40pm
  8. DAMMIT CONGRESS

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:41pm
  9. Change is not an army marching tirelessly forward. It is better described as water dripping onto a stone, slowly eroding it. I forget who said that but it’s beautiful and I can’t take credit for it. Also, I love the hilarious picture of Virginia Foxx. LMAO.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:41pm
  10. That old Broom Jockey Needs to have someone whack her alongside her stupid old noggin with her broom.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:41pm
  11. It will never pass the senate so she’s just tilting at windmills,and showing her ignorant ass off somemore,It won’t be long and the old relic will just drop from all the evil she’s carrying.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:42pm
  12. i am really tired of the haters. like REALLY tired

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:43pm
  13. if i didnt luv the Cunt word so much, i’d waste it on her, but she can’t have it! she’ll get what she deserves, Karma will find her. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:43pm
  14. As if there weren’t enough problems in this country, yet they seem to keep picking on us.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:45pm
  15. I have spent my entire adult life working for gay and lesbian equality. after decades of working my ass off, I am tired and out of patience with this shit. Hey Foxx, let me make it simple for you go fuck yourself. furthermore, i jhope all your children and grandchildren turn out to be flaming faggots

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:47pm
  16. she’s hideous….neither sex would want her…that’s prolly why she’s such a bitch….either her eyes are crossed or someone just slapped her upside her head and jarred her eyes!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:48pm
  17. Its ok as long as we have each other and we keep hope and we stay strong the haters can touch us we will not tolirate any more we are who we are and nothing can change us

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:05pm
  18. That bitch looks like satan took a salty dump on an oversized snail. && I hope to live in a world one day to where I can be openly gay and I won’t be known as ‘that gay kid’… I just want people to look at me as me <3

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:06pm
  19. they did this because they’re afraid, it means we’re getting closer and closer to becoming actual humans in the eyes of the law!

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:20pm
  20. @ Cameron…can’t get any closer to the truth then what u said!! They’re gettin desperate!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:33pm
  21. We’ll fight and keep on fighting.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:50pm
  22. another what the F*ck moment brought to you by our legislators.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:04pm
  23. Obviously she doesn’t own a mirror.

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:09pm
  24. Shit own a mirror that ugly bitch prolly brokem all shit I bet wen she was in the prosece of being made god threw togethr a bunch of fail produckts

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 10:24pm
  25. Really, the silliest remark comes from Joe Solomonese who thinks it is, “puzzling why Rep. Foxx” would do this. It’s not “puzzling” at all.

    She did it because she hates hates hates gay people, and because of that she is a pathetic creature.

    But no worries, people, because all her amendment does is “affirm” the soon-to-be-overturned as unconstitutional DOMA. The “affirmation” will then die with DOMA.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 5:49am
  26. Please, Gary, shake off being tired and renew your patience. If you stop fighting, who else will do it. Should your decades of effort be abandoned?

    We fight to the end for freedom and equality until our last breath and then we pass the torch to the next generation to keep fighting.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 5:55am
  27. stupid is as stupid does … we seem to be governed by ignorance

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:54am
  28. What hateful, ignorant, spiteful, evil people…..

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:03am
  29. FFFFFUUUUUUUUUU–

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:08am
  30. Stop adding USELESS amendments that have NOTHING to do with the exact Bill!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:09am
  31. Yea!!!!!! Let’s move foward as a civilized nation and then throw up a winner like this! It makes me sick that all these people want to control others rights, actions, lives. Does anyone else think this is wrong that equality is only granted for the rightous? For one of the most “advanced nations on earth” how can it still be so puritan in it’s thoughts and beliefs and believes in punishing others who do not think exactly like them…..oh wait that is why the PILGRIMS came to the America’s for in the first place…….or to get out of prison and start over……Birds CHIRPING…silence …………???????? HELLO!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:10am
  32. why do we allow ourselves to be governed by ignorance?

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:11am
  33. when are these retards gonna croke already… stupid old hags.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:12am
  34. Apparently Virginia Foxx has not learned from her ignorance with the Matthew Shepard Act. I just feel horrible for my American friends

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:31pm
  35. And I thought our nation lacked money. I guess when it comes t0 repressing the rights, they find money. This is rediculous, knowing that my tax dollars are paying for DOMA, a place that I would rather see pay the US for their continued damage to everyone else.

    Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 5:35pm