The Corner

Scott Brown Backs DADT Repeal

The Bay State Republican weighs in:

Senator Scott Brown this afternoon announced that he would support repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, providing key support for those who want the military to begin allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

The Massachusetts Republican, following two days of hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he felt comfortable that top military brass would implement a new policy in a way that did not hinder the ongoing wartime efforts.

“I accept the findings of the report and support repeal based on [Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’] recommendations that repeal will be implemented only when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed,’ Brown said in a statement.

“I have visited our injured troops at Walter Reed and have attended funerals of our fallen heroes,’ he added. “When a soldier answers the call to serve, and risks life or limb, it has never mattered to me whether they are gay or straight. My only concern has been whether their service and sacrifice is with pride and honor.’

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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