H.E.R.O., GetEQUAL disrupt Senate Armed Services hearing | San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Members of the LGBT civil rights organizations stood up in the middle of the hearing in room SD-106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, where they invoked images of those who have stood in the way of civil rights progress in the past and demanded Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., immediately end his threat to filibuster language next week that would continue the process of repealing the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law.
Last month, McCain flipped his earlier opinion, claiming he had “no plan to filibuster,” and went to the floor of the Senate to continue railing against gay and lesbian servicemembers serving with honor. Video of McCain’s bigoted diatribe where he threatens a filibuster can be viewed HERE.
Supporters of H.E.R.O. and GetEQUAL confronted McCain today with images of past civil rights movements and the people who stood in their way, such as George Wallace and Bull Conor. They also held signs saying, “Senator McCain repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, do you want to be the next George Wallace?” and “Senator McCain repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it’s not too late to change your legacy.”