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House GOP Advances Religious Right to Condemn Gay Soldiers

House GOP Advances Religious Right to Condemn Gay Soldiers

 

House Republicans in the Armed Services Committee have again attached amendments to defense budget legislation to shore up servicemembers and chaplains’ right to condemn gays in the military per their religious beliefs, and another amendment to ban gay marriages being conducted on base.

Reports the AP:

“The president has repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and is using the military as props to promote his gay agenda,” said Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for Senate.

The committee, on a vote of 37-24, backed an amendment that barred same-sex marriages or “marriage-like” ceremonies on military installations. The panel also endorsed an Akin amendment that said the services should accommodate the rights of conscience of members of the services and chaplains who are morally or religiously opposed to expressions of human sexuality.

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“Members of this committee are looking to turn back the clock and find new ways to discriminate against gay and lesbian service members,” said Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, the top Democrat on the committee. “These men and women serve with honor and distinction and this amendment sends a message that their service is not valued.”

The legislation, called the `Military Religious Freedom Protection Act’ (HR 3828), would “amend title 10, [of the] United States Code, to require that implementation of the repeal of the former Department of Defense policy concerning homosexual behavior in the Armed Forces not infringe upon the free exercise of religion by and the rights of conscience of members of the Armed Forces, including chaplains, and for other purposes.”

This legislation, introduced in January, serves to mirror a bill filed last year in the House.

The Pentagon has repeatedly said that, as a matter of religious and civil freedom, chaplains may officiate the marriages of same-sex couples in states where marriage equality is legal, but per established law they are not forced to do so.

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7:04AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

The republican/tea party hard at work telling Americans NO! yet again..Vote them all out of office. Vote independent. Vote Third Party. Vote Democrat.

but Vote the reepublican/tea party out. THat party no longer represents what is good for America.

6:40PM PDT on May 16, 2012

How sad to spit on someone who may give his or her life for you, just because you don't like their sexual orientation!

6:25AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Government interference in religion is bad, religious interference in government is horrendously bad.

Dogma is based on fantasy and has no place outside of church. And FWIW, I'm ordained and would be perfectly happy to marry gays.

9:24PM PDT on May 13, 2012

I'm sorry to say this as I thought I was a Christian. The time is NOW to take on the Churches in America, they are as unAmerican as the Big Banks and WallStreet. They preach more HATE and Hate rips a country apart. Christians are the PROBLEM not the SOLUTION. The country is going to Hell with the Christian Flag held on high. Remember "ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS? THE Crusades LIVE ON more ruthless than they ever have been.

12:46PM PDT on May 12, 2012

"when religion spreads hate, it's no longer religion. Faith should not require people to hate others because of race, creed, gender, colur, sexuality or ability."

No LONGER? When has it EVER? ALL "religions" require people to HATE. It's not a RELIGION unless you HATE, ABUSE, KILL AND STEAL and DOMINATE THE EARTH!!!
Those are their CORE VALUES, KILL THE WEAK and MAKE EVERYBODY ELSE SLAVES. This is religious LOVE, ALWAYS HAS BEEN. And the SHEEPLE SCREAM, "WE'RE NOT ALL THAT WAY"!!!!!! WRONG, YOU'RE ALL THAT WAY, YOU'RE FOLLOWING THESE DEVILS!!!!!


12:46PM PDT on May 12, 2012

"when religion spreads hate, it's no longer religion. Faith should not require people to hate others because of race, creed, gender, colur, sexuality or ability."

No LONGER? When has it EVER? ALL "religions" require people to HATE. It's not a RELIGION unless you HATE, ABUSE, KILL AND STEAL and DOMINATE THE EARTH!!!
Those are their CORE VALUES, KILL THE WEAK and MAKE EVERYBODY ELSE SLAVES. This is religious LOVE, ALWAYS HAS BEEN. And the SHEEPLE SCREAM, "WE'RE NOT ALL THAT WAY"!!!!!! WRONG, YOU'RE ALL THAT WAY, YOU'RE FOLLOWING THESE DEVILS!!!!!


12:46PM PDT on May 12, 2012

"when religion spreads hate, it's no longer religion. Faith should not require people to hate others because of race, creed, gender, colur, sexuality or ability."

No LONGER? When has it EVER? ALL "religions" require people to HATE. It's not a RELIGION unless you HATE, ABUSE, KILL AND STEAL and DOMINATE THE EARTH!!!
Those are their CORE VALUES, KILL THE WEAK and MAKE EVERYBODY ELSE SLAVES. This is religious LOVE, ALWAYS HAS BEEN. And the SHEEPLE SCREAM, "WE'RE NOT ALL THAT WAY"!!!!!! WRONG, YOU'RE ALL THAT WAY, YOU'RE FOLLOWING THESE DEVILS!!!!!


12:46PM PDT on May 12, 2012

"when religion spreads hate, it's no longer religion. Faith should not require people to hate others because of race, creed, gender, colur, sexuality or ability."

No LONGER? When has it EVER? ALL "religions" require people to HATE. It's not a RELIGION unless you HATE, ABUSE, KILL AND STEAL and DOMINATE THE EARTH!!!
Those are their CORE VALUES, KILL THE WEAK and MAKE EVERYBODY ELSE SLAVES. This is religious LOVE, ALWAYS HAS BEEN. And the SHEEPLE SCREAM, "WE'RE NOT ALL THAT WAY"!!!!!! WRONG, YOU'RE ALL THAT WAY, YOU'RE FOLLOWING THESE DEVILS!!!!!


11:08AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Religious right, my foot. Where do they get the notion they're religious, anyway? They are sickos out to destroy and control. Tell me, would Christ have condoned what they're doing? Is THIS following his teachings? Is THIS compassion and love? Is this brotherhood? How dare they go to war on a group of people who cannot help what they are! Things like this plainly illustrate the evil in the so-called religious right.

11:08AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Religious right, my foot. Where do they get the notion they're religious, anyway? They are sickos out to destroy and control. Tell me, would Christ have condoned what they're doing? Is THIS following his teachings? Is THIS compassion and love? Is this brotherhood? How dare they go to war on a group of people who cannot help what they are! Things like this plainly illustrate the evil in the so-called religious right.

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