Senate’s Defense Authorization Act Free Of Anti-LGBT Amendments

Via Servicemembers United: “The markup, which was completed last night, contains none of the reactionary and distracting amendments related to the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law that were inserted into the House version of the bill, and also would repeal the outdated and widely ignored prohibition on sodomy between consenting adults.” “The new Senate Armed Services Committee markup would also repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice – the military’s outdated sodomy law.” The House version of the bill contains an amendment expanding the certification of repeal to the service chiefs, a measure to reapply the Defense of Marriage Act to the armed forces, and an amendment seeking to prohibit the Navy from performing same-sex marriages on its bases.