“[Not] really relevant to one’s conduct as a military officer or an enlisted person”
Despite many claiming the recent National Defense Authorization Act repeal of the ban on bestiality by Service member was a hoax, certain members of Congress have addressed the recent vote to repeal the ban on sodomy and bestiality.
A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.), stated in a recent interview with Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) that “he does not think whether someone engages in these behaviors is ‘relevant to one’s conduct as a military officer or an enlisted person.'”
In a CNSNews.com audio interview with the Congressman (left), Andrews stated the following;
CNSNews.com: “Did you know that the Senate Version of the Defense Authorization Bill, it includes a provision which repeals Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice–that’s the law against sodomy and bestiality–a provision not in the House Bill. Are you aware of that?”
Andrews: “I am aware of that, yeah.”
CNSNews.com: Do you think that provision should be in the final version of the legislation?”
Andrews: “Repealing the provision against sodomy and bestiality in the commercial, uh, in the military code?
Yeah, I do think we should repeal that in the military code.
I think–I don’t condone either practice, but I don’t think either practice is really relevant to one’s conduct as a military officer or an enlisted person.
So, I think if there are instances of that, they’re better dealt with by the civil law of whatever country it would occur.”
In The Meantime…
CNSNews.com is also reporting that despite aggressive lobbying from the Obama White House, “a House-Senate conference committee has restored the sodomy and bestiality ban to the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.”
The sodomy-bestiality ban (Article 125 of the Military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice) would have been repealed by the original version of the bill that had initially been approved by the Senate.
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