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February 11, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DOD)’s announcement on expanding service member benefits to same-sex domestic partners:

“Once again, the president is eroding our military's apolitical stance and forcing conformity onto the rest of society by pushing his liberal social agenda through the Department of Defense," said Inhofe. “In a weak attempt to not violate the Defense of Marriage Act, the administration is using a play on words by saying ‘same sex domestic partners’ can have access to benefits instead of ‘spouses.’ We are on a slippery slope here. Why would the DOD extend benefits to same-sex partners and then deny cohabiting heterosexual couples the same benefits?  The Department of Defense is essentially creating a new class of beneficiary that will increase costs and demand for limited resources that are currently available for military families, active and reserve forces, and retirees. President Obama continues to expand the government’s financial obligations to support his liberal social agenda during a time when this administration has imposed drastic budget cuts to our military readiness and national security.”


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