Tuesday, December 13, 2011

National Defense Authorization Act - #3491 - Under Siege, Liberals Surrender on Troop Bill - Family Research Council

If Congress has been consistent about anything, it's passing the Defense Authorization bill. This week, members could make it 51 consecutive years of approving the measure. Late yesterday, the House and Senate tried to keep the streak alive by finalizing the language out of conference. And to our great relief, they addressed every one of FRC's concerns. In Monday's report, liberals finally retreated on their repeal of Article 125 in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which would have made sodomy and bestiality legally protected acts. By night's end, House and Senate leaders had fought to keep both bans intact, handing FRC an incredible victory on an issue that other conservative organizations refused to fight. Although the Pentagon tried to intervene in the eleventh hour, it never could allay our concerns--or the concerns of members who, without FRC, would have never realized the implications for repeal. This morning, homosexual activists griped about the defeat and insisted that the prohibitions on sodomy and animal sex were "outdated." Fortunately, PETA disagreed--and said as much to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Together, we sank what would have been a disastrous license for perversion among our troops. And our success didn't end there. Conferees also reinforced the conscience protections for chaplains, who worried their careers would suffer if they refused to officiate same-sex "weddings" on base. By adopting Sen. Roger Wicker's (R-Miss.) amendment, any chaplain who objects or doesn't "wish to perform a marriage may not be required to do so." Under this new language, ministry leaders should no longer fear retaliation for living by the tenants of their faith. The pro-family gains are all summarized on page four of the conference report, which states:  "DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT-- No part of this act contravenes or amends the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), nor is the Department of Defense relieved from the prohibition on federal recognition of same sex marriage therein.  Read more..........

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