GOP Rep: Defund The Air Force Over Pride Month Memo

Fox News reports:

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, on Thursday called for Republicans to drop support for a must-pass military funding bill after his office obtained an Air Force memo declaring June to be LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The May 3 memo, shared with Fox News, approves observance of Pride Month in June and empowers installation commanders to “plan and conduct appropriate activities in honor of Pride Month.” Roy’s office also shared a flyer advertising Pride Month events at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, including a “Pride Game Night” on June 10, a Unity in Diversity Color Run on June 16, and a panel discussion titled “Our History, Our time!” on June 28th. The advertisement states “ALL ARE WELCOME!!”

In a statement to Fox News, Roy ridiculed the proposed celebrations and lambasted the Defense Department for encouraging pro-LGBTQ+ events with taxpayer dollars. “What’s next, rainbow uniforms during pride month?” Roy said. “The Air Force and Defense Department sanctions this ridiculous use of taxpayer dollars and then expects members of Congress who represent Americans who are livid about this stuff to green light an $800 billion plus DOD budget. If DOD doesn’t put a stop to these kinds of divisive – and frankly embarrassing – DOD events, Republicans should pull support for this year’s [National Defense Authorization Act].”

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In March, Roy became the first member of Congress to endorse DeSantis for president. In April 2022, it was reported that Roy was among the House Republicans who bombarded Mark Meadows with text messages pleading for him to provide the proof that would allow the 2020 election to be overturned. Roy is a member of the Freedom Caucus.