Stop putting anti-gay measures in the National Defense Authorization Act
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Stop putting anti-gay measures in the National Defense Authorization Act

    1. kristina robertson
    2. Petition by

      kristina robertson

      woodland hills, CA

Two amendments are trying to be added to the National Defense Authorization Act. The first was offered by Rep. Palazzo (R-MS), who made the argument that this amendment is needed because same-gender ceremonies were taking place on military bases in direct violation of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But, the Congressman is misinformed. DOMA does not prohibit same-gender marriages from taking place on federal property. Indeed, DOMA does not restrict individual activities; it simply addresses the recognition the federal government may give to them.
Military facilities are supposed to be available to all of those serving, regardless of what type of ceremony is taking place.

The second, and most disgusting, would allow "conscience protections" for service members and chaplains who don't wish to work with their gay and lesbian colleagues. This means that a chaplains can refuse to provide help, even though they are already bound to provide counsel regardless of a soldiers religious affiliation. To be clear, chaplains have never and will never be required to perform a ceremony the do not want to. This also allows other service members the ability to refuse to work with a gay or lesbian, causing unit disruptions and overt discrimination.

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    • deanna b STEVENSON, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      this continues to allow outright discrimination. i am appalled.

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    • Karen Wolfer GUFFEY, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop using our military for your own bigoted plans. LGBT service members work just as hard in their military careers to keep this country free as anyone else. DOMA will someday be struck down, no matter what you think. "Conscience protections" are insane. Rep. Palazzo is abusing his power to create discrimination where there should be none.

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    • Shaun Burks RENO, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      Such amendments are a disgrace to our servicemen and women, and a disgrace to the United States Congress.

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    • Thomas Koch PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I can't stand by as politicians use our service members as fodder for their anti-gay agenda. Don't we have real problems in this country that need attention? Our gay & lesbian service members are NOT a problem.

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    • Greg Morey KANSAS CITY, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      This kind of discriminatory and unneeded language added to bills is shameful. Protection of civil rights cannot abridge the rights & protections afforded others.

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