Is the moniker of homophobe for John McCain starting to stick?

The Arizona senator twice led Republican colleagues to successfully block repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 17-year-old law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. But his coalition crumbled over the weekend when eight GOP members defected to join all but one Democrat, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, in voting for an end to the law.

A fiery McCain fought on even as he sensed defeat, exclaiming that ending the law would endanger “the survival of our young men and women in the military” and chiding senators in favor of repeal for “acting in direct repudiation of the message of the American people.”

“Today is a very sad day,” McCain added before senators voted.

“Fuck John McCain,” sex advice columnist San Savage said in an interview with NEWSWEEK that took place before the weekend's vote, “put that in NEWSWEEK.”

“Yeah, I say it too, to the second power,” Jane Lynch, who plays sharp-tongued coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, added.

The outspoken pair share a long history of supporting gay rights. Lynch, one of the few Hollywood celebrities in a gay marriage, is a board member of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. Savage founded the It Gets Better Project, a collection of videos that urges troubled gay teens to hang in there, because life gets better.

Things escalated for McCain on Tuesday, when he was named Homophobe of the Year by readers of gay male entertainment website