STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN REGARDING PASSAGE OF THE “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” AMENDMENT BY THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
May 27, 2010
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made the following statement today regarding the passage of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” amendment by the Senate Armed Services Committee:“I deeply regret that the Senate Armed Services Committee voted today to pass the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ amendment. This vote short circuits the ongoing Pentagon review of the policy and thereby denies our men and women in uniform a chance to have their voices heard on an important issue that affects them and their service. That is why all four Service Chiefs opposed legislative action at this time. The vote today is a de facto repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law, and I am concerned that the men and women of our military will view this preemptive political action as a deep sign of disrespect and unwillingness to consider their views.”
Thank God for Senator McCain and Senator Roger Wicker who have promised to support a filibuster of the repeal of the 1993 Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law signed into effect by President Bill Clinton. I am just shocked at the behavior of some members of Congress regarding the deliberate and determined hurry to destroy the finest military force on the face of the earth by voting to repeal the DADT Law even before the Pentagon has completed its report on the opinions and feelings of our armed forces. Our nation is being threatened by enemies from within.
The Family Research Council reported this –
Congress Advances Radical Social Agenda Over the Objections of All Four Military Service Chiefs
“Forcing the Military to Embrace Homosexuality Before the Study is Complete Shows Unbelievable Contempt for Our Troops,” declares FRC’s Tony Perkins
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill to overturn the law on homosexuals in the military known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Family Research Council President and Marine veteran Tony Perkins released the following statement:
“This Administration and the majority in Congress have pushed aside the advice of all four military service chiefs and for the first time in our nation’s history voted to force the military to embrace homosexuality.
“Among the casualties of forcing homosexuality on the military will be the religious freedom of those who serve. Ultimately, the military itself will become a casualty from overturning this law.
“The question Congress should but has failed to ask, will forcing this radical policy upon the military, over the objections of the four military chiefs, enhance the effectiveness of our military?’
“They know the answer and that is why they are acting now, before true military leaders, those who selflessly serve this nation, can speak.
“In recent days, we have heard from many active duty military personnel and my fellow veterans who are outraged by how this Administration and Congress are using the military to advance a radical social agenda. There is deep frustration that President Obama isn’t listening to them or their commanders.
“We call on Congress to listen to our troops and not circumvent the very process that this Administration established to review this issue.”