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Rep. John Boehner Would Rather Screw American Troops Than Protect Gay Americans

Yesterday, the House passed the Matthew Shepard Act as part of the ($680 billion!) Defense Department spending bill. In a 281-146 vote, some 131 Republicans and 15 Democrats opposed the measure. But as one Republican in particular explains, he voted against it not because he doesn’t want American troops to have the equipment and supplies they need to fight seventeen wars at once, but because he doesn’t want the gays to have laws that protect them. His name is John Boehner, and he’s the Republican Minority Leader.

“Radical social policy” is what Ohio’s Rep. Boehner calls the hate crimes legislation, faulting Democrats for attaching LGBT protections to a military issue. It’s the only way they could get it through, Boehner claims, snidely.

And maybe he’s right. (We like to think not.)

But Boehner’s “OMG this is an abuse of power” shtick is so tired, because it’s just another round of he-said-she-said in an arena where Democrats and Republicans alike attach “pet” measures to larger legislation. Rather than help give our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and fathers and mothers the money they need to stay safe and fight wars overseas, he’d prefer to let queers be attacked as usual. This is partisan politics at its worst.

On:           Oct 9, 2009
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    • Brian

      The powerful Boehner represents Ohio, the state that was just (wrongfully) awarded the 2014 Gay Games.

      Oct 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      Isn’t admitting he wants to screw the troops a violation of DADT? See, you ask for honest politicians, and you get “I like you, but I hate them more.”

      Wait, doesn’t this mean it’s passed both sides of Congress? So it’s off to the Nobel laureate’s desk for a signature, or is there yet more first?

      Oct 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dontblamemeivotedforhillary

      Always drunk Boehner has yet another boner! What’s up with the fecal colored face?

      Oct 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      Another rightwing-nutbag spewing vile poo from his oral orafice………Lets take a pool being that he is a Repugnatican in a leadership position is he going to be:

      A> Caught cheating on his wife with a prostitute?
      B> Caught cheating on his wife with boy he met online?

      It is so pathetic these subhuman scumbags can no longer paint the Jews, Blacks, or Hispanics as the boogeyman. We are the only target they can get away with hating………

      Oct 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack

      Boehner = Evil.

      He personifies all that is hateful and hypocritical about Republicans.

      Oct 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      There’s no end of nicely-dressed cowards in government is there…?

      Oct 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BJ


      Oct 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck

      Boehner is a Nazi from northern Cincinnati suburbs. Mike Pence represents western Cincinnati suburbs in Indiana. Pence virtually said that beating up or even killing the gays was protected as freedom of speech and that he was against the bill because it was against the very freedom of speech that the troops were fighting for.

      Boehner is evil, but Mike Pence is the worst of the worst. And what the hell is wrong in Cincinnati?

      Oct 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin57

      This is disgusting. Hate crime legislation already protects minorities of many sorts! But now that it’s coming for gays, well, that will never do!

      Oct 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron

      LOL!!!!! Its wrong. It’s offensive. It’s just bad sad mad.

      He didn’t explain anything. The reporters must have been giggling inside.

      Oct 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McShane

      Boehner could not be more of an ass for saying that . Hopefully the military won’t get any money to continue the rash of illegal warfare we have been fighting. 50% of U.S. expenditures is 20 times more than it needs to be.

      At least Obama pledged to get DADT trashed at his speach.

      Oct 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jessi

      I don’t know why he’s so offended and pissed about it. The republicans used to do the same thing to pass unpopular bills when they were in control. Its ok for them to do it, but GOD forbid the democrats do it. I’m glad to see the dems are finally wising up and doing the same thing.

      Oct 12, 2009 at 12:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McShane

      @Jessi .The process of attaching ridders to bills is a long standing process in Congess- a way of forcing compormises. Boehner’s just pissed because he isn’t getting his god awefully stupid way all the way. The Republicans have the most invested in making wars continuously so it irritates them that they might have to compromise.
      So really the Democrats have as much invested in keeping the war machine going just with what is real ly a small difference; but one that keeps the religious right happy.

      Oct 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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