Senate Drops Anti-Gay Provisions From Defense Budget

As happened last year, the Senate has approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without including the multiple anti-gay provisions advanced by the House. Among the provisions House Republicans added this year was Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) “license to bully” provision, which would have justified anti-gay discrimination and harassment based on religious beliefs or moral principles. Another would have prevented same-sex marriages on any military property, even in states where they are legally recognized.

OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson applauded the decision:

ROBINSON: The Department of Defense has already made it clear — and appropriately so — that decisions about the use of facilities should be made on a sexual orientation neutral basis. Anything else is discrimination, pure and simple.

The House and Senate must still approve a conference report, but that process will hopefully follow last year’s model of leaving the anti-gay provisions out as passed by the Senate.