Congress Drops kicks Antigay Provisions in Defense Bill…

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have dropped antigay provisions in the $662 billion annual Defense spending bill, including an amendment that would have barred military chaplains from performing same-sex weddings in their official capacities.

Several antigay amendments had been included in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed in May. The bill’s conference committee, tasked with reconciling differences between the House bill and the Senate bill that passed earlier this month in a 93-7 vote, dropped the chaplain antigay amendment introduced by Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, in favor of a Senate amendment offered by Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker that specifies that chaplains who object to gay unions and do “not wish to perform a marriage may not be required to do so.” Completion of the bill conference report was announced late Monday.

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