Colorado Republicans Join With Michele Bachmann, Attempt To Block Gay Service Members From Using Military Bases And Facilities For Same-Sex Marriages
from The Colorado Independent:
Colorado Republican Reps. Doug Lamborn and Mike Coffman joined Rep. Michele Bachmann and 83 other members of the House as signers of a letter to the U.S. Senate urging that body to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit gay members of America’s Armed Forces from using military facilities for marriage ceremonies.
The Department of Defense, in the wake of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, has indicated that it will allow chaplains and same-sex couples to use facilities on a “sexual orientation-neutral basis,” something Republican members of the U.S. House oppose.
The letter was authored by Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri and was signed by 86 members of the House.
“The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed into law by President Clinton,” Akin said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this current administration is now directing the Department of Defense to ignore this law and perform gay marriages on military bases. I think this is wrong, which is why I offered an amendment to the House-passed defense bill making it clear that DOMA applies to the DOD. This letter calls for the Senate to add a similar amendment to their version of the bill. The Department of Defense should not be allowed to simply ignore laws they do not like.”
How many attempts have Republicans made to subvert the clear intentions of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the last year or two? How many jobs bills have they introduced in that same period of time?
If you vote Republican, you don’t support job growth, and you don’t support limited government. You support institutionalized bigotry, and the idea that a continuously growing community of your fellow citizens are somehow second-class.