EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article was updated on June 14.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act if it includes a section requiring protection of the religious beliefs of military personnel.
On June 5, the House Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to H.R. 1960, the defense authorization bill. It specified that “the armed forces shall accommodate the beliefs, actions and speech” that reflect the “conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs” of its members, except in cases of military necessity.