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    I guess they can't support the troops when it comes to GLGBT rights and protections.

    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) are voting against the House/Senate fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill — because it contains hate crimes provisions designed to protect gays and lesbians.

    Boehner, speaking at his weekly press conference Thursday, said the inclusion of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the defense bill was "an abuse of power" by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sought to punish offenders for what they thought — and not what they did.

    He accused the speaker of pursuing her social agenda "on the backs" of the troops.

    Language is wine upon the lips. -Virginia Woolf

    by valadon on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 06:38:51 PM PDT

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