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 President Obama has threatened to veto the legislation if it continues funding bloated and outdated military programs that even the Secretary of Defense has said should be scrapped.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.