House Approves DOMA Amendment For Defense Bill

6a00d8341c730253ef01538fb8965e970b-800wi Representative Virginia Foxx and her Republican peers got their anti-gay wish.

The North Carolina lawmaker introduced an amendment for the 2012 Department of Defense budget that reinforces the Defense of Marriage Act, and the House of Representatives yesterday approved that measure by a vote of 248-175. Because, you know, they didn't think that DOMA's mere existence isn't enough.

Human Rights Campaign's Joe Solmonese released a statement condemning the vote, and highlighted the fact the GOP leaders are implicitly questioning military leaders' judgement.

"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," he said. "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."

Solmonese continued, "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.”

So, what do you think, reader? Do you have faith that the Senate will debate this amendment into oblivion, or will they fall in line with Foxx and her ilk?


  1. Dave says

    Can we also create amendments saying that the military must make a public announcement that they will uphold laws against armed robbery?

    They know they’re rapidly losing the culture war (not to mention objective reality for more than 300 million people and counting), so they’re throwing legal homophobic pasta against the wall, to ensure that dismantling their homophobia will be as time consuming and disruptive as possible.

  2. Bill says

    If you’re looking for a bright spot, there were 8 Republicans who voted against this unnecessary legislation, two from S. Florida: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart.

    We do have a few friends out there on that side who see the tide that will overtake them in the coming years.

  3. ColinATL says

    The House Republicans are grandstanding. The Senate will never maintain those additions to the bill, and the President probably wouldn’t sign it.

  4. ralph says

    She just wants to make sure that gay service men and women know that although they can fight and die for their country, they shouldn’t expect to be treated equally when it comes to benefits and respect. Thank you for another knife in the gut, witchface.

  5. ChrisQ says

    Whatev. This won’t fly in the Senate and even if it did, Obama would veto it. But boy howdy, NY Marriage Equality really has the bigots panties in a bunch eh?

  6. says

    Desperation isn’t pretty. But it can be highly entertaining.

    Of more concern are the 19 Democrats who voted for the amendment.

    But it’s going nowhere. I guess Virginia was feeling neglected and needed to grab some attention somehow. She’s real good at empty hateful gestures.

  7. mstrozfckslv says

    & since it wont be in the senate version …….it will be striped out in committee to bring the house version and senate version in line with each other before going to the POTUS

  8. Patric says

    “If you’re looking for a bright spot, there were 8 Republicans who voted against this unnecessary legislation . . . .”

    There were six Republicans and, if you view it as a bright spot that six of 239 Republicans voted against a completely unnecessary affirmation of existing discrimination, I’d like to borrow your rose-colored glasses.

    The bright spot is that this is going nowhere in the Dem controlled Senate.

  9. Justin L Werner says

    It dies in Senate. It should have died in the House, where the representatives *should* have been busy trying to shore up our economy and get our people working again. So, again, we see the Republican agenda is vastly out of sync with what is good for the nation.

  10. SHAWN says

    This development is both predictable and disappointing. Remember this quote from Gandhi – First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – They aren’t laughing anymore.

  11. Rowan says

    Spot on Shawn. Spot on. This is how the Right heave step by step and when they fight, boy do they FIGHT. And win. Why? Because they have a single minded strategy-capitalism and making the world unequal. Us? We spend so much time arguing amongst ourselves, at Obama, at a government that is on our side, on blogs that by the time we have exhausted ourselves with arguing, the Right have taken control of the country.

    See what just happened in England. And see what may happen in the US if you liberals don’t sort yourselves out about Obama.

  12. MammaBear says

    Well Writer, since you ask:

    I think that there are lessons in the Book of Mormon that we can apply.

    I think this Foxx person needs her own planet. Stat. And I think we should send here there in a barrel. A really well made barrel.

    Yours truly,


  13. walter says

    this is one very evil woman. it is scary that the people of virginia keep reelecting her. the repuks keep saying they are worried about jobs yet they spend time and money on such foolishness. what does it say about their ability to run the country? they are so tied to the religious right you can’t tell the difference between them. they worry about sharia law we should be more worried about fundie laws. time to remind them about separation of church and state.

  14. NY2.0 says

    Its specifically reasons like this why we have a Democratically controlled senate and a Democrat in the WH, to prevent this sort of crap from going forward.

    Seven months in control of the House and not a single jobs bill produced by the Republicans, yet they have managed to find time to demonize women and Planned Parenthood, Muslims, Hispanics, Blacks and ofcourse gays.

  15. Sagacious Sam says

    There’s a straightforward answer to the whole issue: Wise up and live according to God. So far, sex deviates’ contributions to society have been AIDS and mangling of the institution of matrimony. To say that we’d be better off without them is an understatement.

Leave A Reply