The Family Research Council (FRC) has labeled Maine Senator Olympia Snowe a “turncoat” for supporting repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”

After House members on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of ending the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, Snowe, a Republican, announced she was prepared to do the same.

“After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law,” Snowe said in a statement.

The Senate is expected on Saturday to vote on repeal. And Snowe might just cast the crucial deciding vote.

“Her announcement is one of the final pieces to the repeal puzzle for liberals, who may have cracked the 60-votes they need to put this gift under the tree for the 3% of America who lobbied for it,” the group wrote on its website.

Referring to comments made by Marine Commandant General James Amos that repeal could cost Marine lives, the FRC added that Snowe had backed a bill that “could force soldiers to leave their jobs – or be hurt doing them.”

“Fortunately for Maine, Sen. Olympia Snowe's election is forthcoming. In less than two years, the liberal 'Republican' will have to answer for her record of extremism, which now includes jeopardizing national security in order to use the military to advance the Left's radical social agenda.”

Several prominent Republican's have signed onto an open letter protesting the Southern Poverty Law Center's decision to add the FRC to their list of known hate groups.