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Republicans aggressively pushing for an anti-gay provision in defense bill

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, December 14, 2012
Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade
Some House Republicans are pushing for inclusion of a “conscience protection” clause in the final version of Pentagon budget legislation that could enable discrimination against gay service members, according to LGBT advocates familiar with conference committee negotiations.

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Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ remarks draw attention to candidate’s anti-gay record

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Monday, August 20, 2012
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The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri has been thrust into the national spotlight following comments he made suggesting a woman can resist becoming pregnant after a “legitimate rape” — prompting LGBT advocates to decry not only his views on women but also his long history of opposition to LGBT rights.

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GOP congressmen denounce lesbian’s commitment ceremony on military base

| Saturday, June 9, 2012
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FORT POLK, La. -- Three Republican U.S. Congressmen this week denounced a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony held at a U.S. Army chapel in Louisiana last month.

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

| Thursday, May 26, 2011
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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.

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