Originally published: July 7, 2011, 9:50 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2011, 9:10 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A North Carolina congresswoman’s Defense Department budget amendment to restrict extension of  marriage and other relationship recognition benefits to same-sex couples passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

Virginia Foxx

Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx, who represent’s North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District, attached her amendment to the Department of Defense’s budget for the 2012 fiscal year. The amendment requires enforcement of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and bans any use of funds for “benefits, such as housing, education, medical services, transportation, etc., for same-sex couples on the same basis as opposite-sex married couples,” according to a fact sheet.

The amendment passed 248-175.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the amendment was unnecessary and indicative of Republicans’ efforts to “play politics with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people instead of tackling real problems.”

“This amendment is completely unnecessary and only serves to cloud the debate over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal by pointlessly injecting the issue of marriage equality into the conversation,” Solmonese said in a statement. ” Since Pentagon officials have made it clear that they are bound by DOMA like every other federal agency, it’s puzzling why Rep. Foxx would question whether our military leaders understand this point.”

He added, ” It will be up to the Senate to reject the House’s return to using LGBT Americans as a wedge issue.”

Equality North Carolina, the state’s LGBT advocacy organization, also spoke out against Foxx’s amendment.

“This targeting of gay servicemembers is deplorable.” Alex Miller, the group’s interim executive director and veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry, said in a statement.  “It is un-American, un-democratic and most certainly unjust. Representing a state with a large population of military personnel of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we stand in strong solidarity with these men and women and condemn this attempt at marginalization.”

Each of North Carolina’s six Republicans voted for the amendment. Democrats Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler also voted in favor of the provision. Democrats G.K. Butterfield, David Price, Mel Watt and Brad Miller voted against the amendment.

The Obama Administration has stopped defending DOMA in federal court, saying the law is unconstitutional.

The amendment was filed a day after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay on an earlier, lower court ruling declaring unconstitutional the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. In December, President Barack Obama signed a repeal bill into law. The court said the government can no longer satisfy its standard for maintaining the stay. (Read more about the Ninth Circuit’s decision at the Washington Blade.)

Foxx made national news in in April 2009 when she called the hate-motivated murder of Matthew Shepard a “hoax.”

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

7 replies on “House affirms anti-gay Foxx amendment to Defense budget”

  1. Thats virginia fox a NC congressional represedntative.

    who a couple years ago said of the grisly murder of Matthew shepard “he deserved it” and some other hate filled remarks

    Welcome to right wing republican christianity. Sick is not the word, but crazy comes closer.

    I’m sure that in past years she also supported segregation and the KKK.

    probably has a baptist minister for a husband.

    She and her bible should be deported to Saudi Arabia. Where the govt will solve her problem in a way that she would end her hatred of gays.

    The enemy (saudi) of an enemy of humanity (foxx) is my friend in this case

  2. A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs. The predominant usage in modern English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, religion or spirituality, nationality, inter-regional prejudice, gender and sexual orientation.
    Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx=BIGOT

  3. What she does will be reflected upon EVERY GAY child, grand child, and great grandchild of hers. Hate and intolerance, will be her legacy … what one sows so shall they reap.

    Don’t be pulled into the discrimination she is sowing. Just pray that she is enlightened as to why, she is presently reaping, what she is.

  4. I agree that Virginia Foxx is an excellent example of how NOT to behave! She is wrong; and, regretably, she – like 90% of her constituents in NC’s 5th Congressional Disrict – will take her opinions with her into eternity. However, as with every other human being, we should be nice to her with the hope that she will be able to change her mind in the future!

  5. Dont hold your breatth on Foxx changing. She was brainwashed by right wing “anything but” christianity as a child.

    You would no sooner change her then you could get hitler to love the Jews.

    Her hateful church wired her mind when she was much to young and inexperienced to say bull(feces).

    And her husband is prob a baptist minister – the churhc that was the bullwark of slavery, the KKK and segregation.

    BTW just google “southern baptists and child molestaion”

    Last time I did that I got an “estimated 368000 articles”

    its almsot like you have to be a pedophile to be a right wing religious leader.

    their blood brothers – the catholic church which for God only knows how long hid the endless molestation of children.

    often moving known vile priests to new locations where they could once again continue their crimes while keeping the ccollection plate filled.

    BTW Arch bishop Dolan with his total irrational statements about gay marriage in NY – He presided over the endless hidden molestaion in his former diocese of Milwaukee.

    go to


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