When Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage, Republicans accused him of using it as a wedge issue. But it seems that the GOP just can’t help themselves with their gay hating ways. The Republican-led House just attached a provision into the defense authorization bill banning military chapels from performing same-sex marriages. The bill says that military bases “may not be used to officiate, solemnize, a marriage, or marriage like ceremony” that is not between a man and a woman.
That’s not the only irony here. The GOP keeps accusing Democrats of being big spenders, but Republicans increased defense spending in the bill $8 billion beyond the agreed upon limit, breaking the budget agreement that Congress made last summer. So the next time the GOP complains about deficit spending, we should just laugh at them.
Of course, this is probably all political posturing. Republicans seem to be purposely trying to get Obama to veto the bill so they can use it as a political tool.
Oh, and other fun facts about the defense authorization bill — it contains a provision striking the ban on the military using propaganda against the American people that has been in place since at least 1948. In a stunning display of doublespeak, Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) claimed that the current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.”