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‘License To Bully’

Posted by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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Led By Akin, Republicans Push For Military ‘License To Bully’

Dec 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) is departing the House at the end of this year, but he’s trying to force some of his odious anti-gay rhetoric into law before he goes. Earlier this year, he proposed an amendment to the defense budget that would create a “license to bully” for military personnel, essentially guaranteeing that anybody who has a problem with LGBT people can’t be disciplined for it, even if they’re engaging in blatant discrimination or harassment.

The House passed the amendment, but the Senate didn’t give the idea any consideration. Now that the bill is in conference, Republican leaders are trying to add it back in.

The conference is being negotiated by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), both of whom opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and have substantial anti-gay records. When McKeon assumed leadership of the House Armed Services Committee, he pledged to pass clean defense bills that were “not weighed down” by social issues, but for the past two years, he has done just the opposite, supporting anti-gay measures like Akin’s and others. Though none of the measures advanced by the House last year survived conference with the Senate, a House Democratic aide says McCain and McKeon are “pushing pretty hard” to get Akin’s through this year.

OutServe-SLDN’s Allyson Robinson points out that Akin’s measure would foster the kind of unit cohesion problems Republicans incorrectly claimed DADT repeal would cause:

ROBINSON: As a former military commander, I can tell you that allowing any service member to openly discriminate against a comrade in this way will compromise good order and discipline — the very thing supporters of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ falsely claimed was going to happen back when we repealed the law. The fact is, there are already strong protections for all service members, including chaplains, in place, and all this provision would do is create a license to discriminate. The next Secretary of Defense should not be saddled with a law that makes it harder for small unit commanders in the field to lead their troops.

Conference negotiations for the defense budget bill have been underway for several days already, and it’s unclear when they will conclude. Hopefully Congress will find a way to support the military without endorsing mistreatment of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops proudly serving their country.

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

He must of been shoved in lockers and wedgied in his youth..

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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I am a military member and all I can say to this is that we have a higher code of honor and integrity than this man.  He makes me throw up in my mouth a little.  And some here wonder why people dislike is a shining example as to why.

by Platinum Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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Can't say I'm surprised. Buck was our rep till we moved one town over, he's a blowhard and jackass. When I sent him an email about legalizing industrial hemp he replied with some BS about marijuana is a gateway drug and what about the poor children. Obnoxious and ignorant as Akin is as well.

Apparently to some, freedom of religion equals legally being able to gay bash and some wonder why so many people have a problem with organized religions.

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I guess westboro won't picket him.

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

OMG why won't that guy just go home and push his stupidity on his family and leave the rest of the country alone????????????

by Gold Member on Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM
Not cool. I hope this doesn't pass.
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