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Tell John McCain to Make Up His Mind on DADT

voices of honor banner As we told you about earlier this week, Sen. John McCain can't keep his story straight on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell." 13987In 2006, he said: "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." Well, that day has come. Top military leaders now oppose "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." But Sen. McCain is blatantly ignoring them – and leading the charge to keep lesbians and gays from openly serving in the military.  Today the Human Rights Campaign launched a national action alert asking our members and supporters to support DADT repeal. Watch a video of Sen. McCain's flip flop – then tell him to listen to our top military leaders and end this discriminatory law! This week was historic: Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and General Colin Powell all came out with statements in favor of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Sticking by this law now means second-guessing the military's top leaders. What does Sen. McCain know about military effectiveness that General Powell, Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen and the Commander in Chief don't? The sad part is that opposing equality is a cold political calculation for Sen. McCain. Faced with a tough upcoming election, McCain has become poster boy for anti-equality groups – first he did all he could to stand in the way of hate crimes legislation, and now he's emerged as the Senate's biggest cheerleader for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." McCain is willing to go back on his word and ignore the 75% of Americans and 58% of Republicans who now support a repeal of this law. That's a sign of how committed our opposition is and just how tough the fight in Congress will be. Tell Sen. McCain he can't have it both ways – if he stands by his principles, he must respect the wishes of military leaders. As Admiral Mullen said on Tuesday, "For me, it comes down to integrity."  Let's put this law in the history books, where it belongs.

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