December 6, 2012 | by Phil Reese
Defense bill passes without anti-gay provisions
WASHINGTON — Though the House version of the Defense Authorization bill includes two anti-gay provisions, the Democratic-led Senate has rejected the Republican-led House’s provisions.
Missing from the Senate’s version of the NDAA were a provision allowing for chaplains and other service members to opt out of ministering to service members who are gay or perceived as gay if it violates their religious beliefs. A second provision would bar same-sex union ceremonies from taking place on military grounds, ceremonies already being allowed by military brass, according to OutServe-SLDN.
The House and Senate will now have to reconcile the two versions of the bill in a conference committee before it can pass.
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