Senator John McCain has promised to engage in a filibuster if a bill comes before the Senate that will end the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy against gays in the armed forces. Senator Carl Levin, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expects a favorable vote if the measure which repeals existing regulations dealing with gays and lesbians reaches the floor of the Senate. Levin argues if someone opposes repealing the existing regulation, they should place their proposal before the Senate and allow a majority to make the decision. However, McCain promised when asked that there is no doubt he will pursue the filibuster option.
John McCain served gallantly in the armed forces and, most probably, served in the company of some men who were homosexuals, although they never spoken openly about their sexual feelings. He knows gays and lesbians have died in the service of their nation. He owes to their memory that preventing a vote is not the honorable manner in which to behave.