Bil Browning

IN Senator Lugar won't oppose DADT repeal

Filed By Bil Browning | July 07, 2010 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Defense Authorization Act, Don't Ask Don't Tell, LGBT friendly politicians, Republican politicians, Richard Lugar

The Washington Blade that Republican Indiana Senator Richard Lugar won't support a motion to strike the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell from this year's defense authorization bill. He also wouldn't support John McCain's threatened filibuster over DADT's inclusion.

Asked whether he would support a substitute amendment or a motion to strike, Lugar replied, "No. I would just leave it as it is."

Lugar said he would "presume" that he would vote against any filibuster of the defense bill as a whole, but expressed concern about the legislation being used as a vehicle for other costly programs unrelated to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"The defense bill, as it stands, seems to me to be a good piece of legislation, but I think the issue was the additions that were not paid for in various other ways," Lugar said.

Lugar's waffling on any filibuster of the bill isn't surprising. President Obama has threatened to veto the legislation if it continues funding bloated and outdated military programs that even the Secretary of Defense has said should be scrapped. Lugar is generally considered LGBT friendly and is often cited as a potential Republican vote in favor of ENDA.

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it's a stretch to call Lugar even remotely LGBT-friendly - I don't believe he's ever once voted in favor of pro-gay/trans rights legislation in his career, though I know his fervor against is much, much less than most members of the GOP.

Pretty respectable senator, though. Nuclear non-proliferation always makes me more positive of someone.

He voted in favor of hate crimes legislation too, Adam.

Isn't it sad that Indiana's Republican Senator is better on LGBT issues than Indiana's Democratic Senator? How much you wanna bet Bayh was working against an ENDA vote behind the scenes?

A. J. Lopp | July 19, 2010 11:05 PM

Will Brad Ellsworth be any better? I'll be amazed if he is ...