The conference committee working to combine the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act announced yesterday that two anti-gay amendments passed by the House of Representatives have been dropped.
One amendment, sponsored by Republican Representative Todd Akin, prohibited weddings from taking place on military instillations and banned chaplains or other Defense Department employees from performing same-sex marriages. A different amendment, pushed by Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler would have reaffirmed the Defense of Marriage Act.
After the news announced, Freedom To Marry's Executive Director, Evan Wolfson, said, "Anti-gay attacks and infusion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act have no place in legislation designed to support all the brave men and women who fight to defend this nation. Gay and lesbian servicemembers risk their lives every day and Freedom to Marry is pleased that the conference committee agreed with us and voted to remove these discriminatory anti-gay provisions from the bill."
Two wins for the good guys. That's quite a nice early Christmas present to LGBT servicemembers.