First, some background. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the woman who lied, who claimed Matthew Shepard's hate crime murder was an accident that happened in the commission of a robbery, along with Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), introduced the Foxx-â€‹Burton amendment, as a thinly-veiled attempt to use DOMA to stall DADT repeal. The bill demands that "No funds under the act may be used for activities in contravention of Public Law 104â€‰-â€‰199, the Defense of Marriage Act." In other words, Reps. Foxx and Burton are attempting to ensure that the U.S. does not contribute to or fund any same-â€‹sex weddings on military bases or installations.
The Foxx-Burton amendment passed by a margin of 248-175.
Surprisingly, six Republicans voted on the right side of history, and against the Foxx-Burton amendment: Reps. Biggert, Bono Mack, Diaz-Balart, Hanna, Hayworth, and Ros-Lehtinen.
So, here are the anti-gay voting Democrats who decided voting to reaffirm DOMA was the way to go: Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), James Matheson (D-Utah), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Nich Rahall (D-W.V.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).
Are any of these Democrats your Representative? Why don't you let them know how you feel? (202) 224-3121. And if you'd like to buy them a black hat like the one above, they deserve it. Why not take the $25 you were going to donate to them and let them be the bad guy with the big black hat?
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