House Passes Defense Bill With DADT and DOMA Amendments
Posted by Chris Geidner
May 26, 2011 4:26 PM
This afternoon, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with three amendments opposed by LGBT advocates, including one that would add a step to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal process and two that reaffirm or expand the Defense of Marriage Act.
Screen shot 2011-05-26 at 2.36.34 PM.pngOn a 322-96 vote with substantial Democratic support and only token Republican opposition, the bill easily passed the Republican-controlled House. The amendments, however, are unlikely to be passed in the Senate version of the NDAA, which is yet to be considered. Moreover, earlier this week, the White House announced it "strongly objects" to all three provisions -- although it stopped short of recommending a veto if the provisions are included in the final bill.
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