Gay-Rights Advocates Not Thrilled With John McCain's Pledge to Filibuster Vote on Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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Gay-rights advocates spiced things up at a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning by protesting Senator John McCain and his vow to filibuster a vote on a bill that includes the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" -- the United States military's subtle hint to homosexual soldiers that they better stay in the closet or get the boot.

So much for McCain's "coming along" on gay rights.

Five protesters from the gay-rights group GetEqual reportedly sat in on the meeting and held signs protesting McCain for more than an hour as witnesses testified before the committee.

One of the signs read "Senate McCain, repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. It's not too late to change your legacy."


A full-Senate vote on the bill has been scheduled for Tuesday, but not if McCain and his filibuster have anything to do with it.

During this year's GOP primary, McCain took a firm stance in opposition to the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," probably out of fear that he was being out-conserva-tized by his opponent J.D. Hayworth (the far right, as you may have read in a New Times' feature this week, tends to frown upon all things gay).

When your GOP opponent in a conservative state goes so far as to say letting gay people get married will lead to men marrying horses, you gotta throw a few homosexuals under the bust just to compete.

But in 2006, McCain told MSNBC's Chris Mathews the following in regards to "don't ask, don't tell":

And I understand the opposition to it, and I've had these debates and  discussions, but the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen are both in favor of repealing "don't ask, don't tell." However, they prefer that the change wait until the military completes a review, due in December. It includes surveys of troops and their families to figure out the best way to make the change.

We can only assume that once the review is complete and the military brass gives the OK for the repeal, McCain will change his tune. Or not -- depending on how conservative he needs to look that day.

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azerica

Correction on the article - The five protesters were from Phoenix-based Human and Equal Rights Organizers (H.E.R.O., http://herophoenix.com/), and they acted with the cooperation and support of Get Equal.

God Was Gay Pt. II
God Was Gay Pt. II

I'm curious as to why members of the clergy are so quick to damn gay people while they prance around their pulpits bellering that God created all men equal... unless you're a faggot, or someone other than white. Is that how God rolls, Preacher dude ? Perhaps you've never heard of the "X Factor". Don't even try to tell me this is not part of your God's master plan, cause I'll call you a goddamned liar. For all you good Republicans and holy rollers who slept through biology class, we'll have us a review: Females have chromosomes of a double "X" character, while the fellas have an "X-Y" chromosome.Now then, class, there are multiple anomolies that may occur during pre-natal development, known as anueploidy, and can result in a plethora of undesirable post-natal situations, such as "trisomy" in which the fetus develops three redundant genes and results in a child displaying traits of Downs Syndrome. The chromosome development determines which sex a person will be and forebear their intelligence level and abilities and physical attributes. Unfortunately, we cannot control this process (at least not yet).If you could ask a future human being if he would like to be born as a Downs Syndrome baby, how many takers do you think you.d get ? That's right, Hater, not even one. How about a Black person in Niger or Chad with A.I.D.S.? A Honduran with a cleft palate , anyone ???So you are going to explain to me how this does not affect a fetus' sexual development.No, of course you can't explain it. So knock off your fucking lies about gay people "choosing to be queer", being abominable and all that hater shit. Don't you realize the harm your lies can do ? Don't you care ? What if you came home and found that your beautiful first born 16 year old son had slit his wrists in the bath tub because he couldn't bear the torment he held inside for being gay, for letting you down, for letting God down. When in the end he had betrayed no one.

FLQ
FLQ

John McCain's campaign manager is openly gay.

God Was Gay
God Was Gay

Well, shit, since God All-fuckin-mighty himself proclaims homosexuals to be "an abomination", you can't really expect much different from the trash created in his image, now can you ?In the beginning, God creates a paradise for the sole purpose of keeping a naked dude, perfectly formed in every way, and made in his (God's) image. That sounds pretty gay to me. Yeah, sure, he made the Eve chick, but that was the next day, after a night back in Heaven, where God had to put up with the unrelenting faggot jokes from Satan and the rest of the cloud floaters.In a world overflowing with unbridled HATE for its own sake, you would think that two people - any two people who find comfort, love and consolation in each others embrace, it would be something so excellent as to make it enviable... NOT abominableAccept everyone for who they are and what they prefer to do. For all of the young people whose self loathing forced them to end their own lives, I wish I could tell them it didn't have to be that way. Being gay is not the problem; being the one who hates gay people or any people different from themselves, well, it is you who is the problem

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