House Votes to Slow Allowing Gays in Military

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) - The House has voted to slow the new policy
allowing gays to serve openly in the military, backing a measure to
prohibit chaplains from performing same-sex marriages on military
bases regardless of a state's law.

The amendment to the defense spending bill passed on a 236-184
vote on Friday. Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas said
military bases shouldn't be used "to advance a narrow social
agenda."

The vote's practical effect is unclear. Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta is likely to certify that the repeal can be implemented
before Congress completes the defense spending bill for the budget
year beginning Oct. 1.

The amendment would block funds to implement the curriculum of
the Chaplain Corps on the new policy. The House later passed the
overall defense bill.


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