White House staff would urge veto of defense bill over anti-gay language

06/14/2013 | Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)

Senior White House advisers would recommend a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act if it is presented to President Barack Obama in its current form, partly due to an amendment that they say would hinder the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell." The amendment in question was proposed by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., and stipulates that the military must accommodate "actions and speech" that reflect the "conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the member." Opponents say the language would encourage discrimination against gay and lesbian troops.

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