GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections

(WCT) LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision.

The provision, inserted by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell ( R-OK ), removes a rule—instigated by a 2014 executive action from President Obama—that prohibits discrimination against employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The House approved the bill 277-147.

"Taxpayer funded discrimination is always wrong and today the House followed in the footsteps of North Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana and other states that are targeting LGBT Americans," said Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy in a May 20 statement. "Instead of listening to the super-majority of the American people who support legal protections for LGBT people, the House majority is catering to right wing extremists who would turn back the clock on equality. We are very disappointed that House Republican Leadership allowed this bill to move forward with a discriminatory and harmful anti-LGBT provision, and we are committed to working with our allies in the Senate and House to keep this harmful language from the final version of the defense bill."

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