House Panel Adopts Anti-Gay GOP Amendments Intended to Impede Implementation of ‘DADT’ Repeal

As part of a $553 billion defense bill, the House Armed Services Committee last night adopted several amendments intended to affect implementation of repeal of the military's gay ban, including one from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA, pictured) that would "require that all four military service chiefs certify that implementation of the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)' repeal won’t impact combat readiness and effectiveness." It was adopted 33-27.

Hunter Chris Johnson at the Blade reports: "The vote in favor of the Hunter amendment was mostly along party lines, although Reps. Todd Platts (R-Pa.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) voted against the measure. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of the measure."

Several other measures were adopted as well, Johnson notes in his lengthy report:

Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment mandating that marriage ceremonies on military installations must comply with DOMA and that chaplains can only officiate in their official capacity over such ceremonies if they comply with the anti-gay law…

Another amendment came from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), whose measure restated that the definition of marriage under DOMA as a union between one man and one woman applies to Defense Department regulations and policies…

Another anticipated anti-gay amendment didn’t see introduction before the committee on Wednesday. Palazzo was expected to introduce an amendment that would require conscience regulations for service members who have religious or moral objections to open service. His office didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment on why the measure wasn’t introduced…

The vote on Akin's amendment was 38-23, Hartzler's was 39-22.

Said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former Army Interrogator who was discharged under DADT: 

“Despite the passage of [Hunter's] amendment within the ever-hostile House Armed Services Committee, it is highly unlikely that such an amendment would ever pass the Senate and be signed by the President. The offering of this amendment was a shameful and embarrassing waste of time. The service chiefs have unequivocally said that they do not want this extra burden forced upon them, so if Congress really values their advice on this issue they should take it and forget this unnecessary and unwanted amendment.”

Recent Developments…
Log Cabin Republicans Asks Court to Immediately Lift Gay Military Ban [tr]
Navy Revokes Guidance Allowing Same-Sex Marriages on Bases [tr]
GOP Proposes Amendment to 'DADT' Repeal to 'Protect' Religious Homophobes [tr]
GOP Serves Anti-Gay 'DADT' Amendments to House Defense Panel [tr]


  1. says

    All these young hunk House Republicans (Duncan Hunter Jr., Aaron Schock, Paul Ryan, etc.) running around gay bashing have to prove something about themselves.

  2. Manfred says

    The repugs just can’t resist trying to top each other with ever more extreme anti-gay laws. Nationwide, it’s like they are just giddy with power and bloodlust, getting off on sticking the knife in one more time. I am quietly preparing for a time when it may be necessary to leave the US.

  3. MikeBoston says

    The desperation is showing on the losing side of this issue. DADT will be repealed and the opponents are grasping at any flimsy little straw to try to delay it – but the battle is over.

    The bigots have to start thinking about their reputations – memories are long and being on the wrong side of history is a cold place to be.

  4. Pete n SFO says

    If only there were something else they could focus on… but I guess everything else is going just great.

    Why are all these good-looking young guys so obsessed with gay people???

  5. JM says

    I’ve often wondered how I would think, act & vote on an issue that WILL be looked upon in the similar manner of “Colored water fountains”. Assuming Rep. Duncan Hunter somehow gets re-elected (along with the rest of these Social Conservitives), how can [they] walk this back? That’s the 1st thing that comes to mind. The 2nd being, once this total nonsence is but a bad mark on the USA, how do these people live knowing they will (and will always be)marked in a “McCarthy like mind”?

    They believe that with some clever spin, people have short memories; they will be in for a big shock.

    Being wrong is one thing, this is something different.

  6. walter says

    another example of the love the repuks have for the LGBT community. lcr and goproud feel the love. you will never change these bigots so if you continue to support repuk candidates you will always be second class. the repuks spend more time on social issues than the economy and jobs. just goes to speak to their object. gay repuks = jewish nazis

  7. Rob says

    Bigots to the end. Not a surprise. Rachel Maddow did a great segment on her show last night about the Repuggies “social values” fights being waged in 2011, especially at their presidential primary level. It appears most Repuggies feel they absolutely have to appeal to the lowest common demoninator among their constituents. Unfortunately, the lowest of the low are bigoted against many groups of citizens. Again, none of this should be a surprise – a huge disappointment – but not a surprise.

  8. BobN says

    GOP reps are now passing laws that restrict LEGAL religious ceremonies?

    Heck, I’d go along with it if there were a snowball’s chance in hell of it setting precedent…