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NEWS: Senate Passes Responsible Defense Authorization Bill Without Harmful Provisions

By December 5, 2012

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Military equality advocates are praising the U.S. Senate for passing a military authorization bill that excludes discriminatory language present in the House version.

The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House included two provisions that would make it more difficult for gay and lesbian service members to marry on military property. The first would have allowed chaplains and other service members who did not wish to minister and work with gay and lesbian members to deny services under a so called 'consciousness clause.' The second would've prohibited use of Department of Defense property for same-gender ceremonies.

The provisions would have severely undermined implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal.
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