Scott Brown and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (updated with a poll!)

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Looks like our newest senator has read the Pentagon’s report on allowing gays to serve openly in the military and, um, pretty much agrees with it.

In a statement released by his press office today, Brown says:

“I have been in the military for 31 years and counting, and have served as a subordinate and as an officer. As a legislator, I have spent a significant amount of time on military issues. During my time of service, I have visited our injured troops at Walter Reed and have attended funerals of our fallen heroes. 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.“I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter privately with Defense Secretary Gates and others, I accept the findings of the report and support repeal based on the Secretary’s recommendations that repeal will be implemented only when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed.”

To date, this seems to be the closest Brown has come to saying that he would vote in favor of a repeal.

Brown is a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, which held a hearing with Sec. of Defense Robert Gates yesterday regarding the repeal of DADT.

UPDATE (12/9/10): Today Brown voted in the minority against the Defense Authorization Bill, which wouldn’t have exactly ended DADT but would’ve been a gesture in that direction. The bill needed 60 votes to “overcome procedural hurdles,” but only earned 57.

And now, a Friday poll:

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8 responses to “Scott Brown and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (updated with a poll!)

  1. Boots

    Scotty says: “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.”

    That’s the right statement. Studies have found that those who are homophobic have serious doubts about their own sexuality.

    Scotty say; “My only concern has been whether their service and sacrifice is with pride and honor.“

    That’s a specious statement. Why the hell would that be a concern to him? I haven’t heard any stories about gays behaving with dishonor. There are however, many straight soldiers who have serviced with dishonor. Like those presently being investigated for killing innocent Afghans just for the fun of it. Not to mention those troops who rape the female troops with impunity and making them fearful to even use the latrines at night.

    Having “been in the military for 31 years and counting,” why would he have to wait to see what others think about repealing DADT? I thought he said he was going to be his own man?

    I served also and I would have told them that discrimination of gays should not happen anywhere, especially not in the service. The military should start acting like real men and treat everyone equally.

    And let McCain steam and fume to his hearts content. That guy has been a “screw up” all of his life.

  2. Senator Brown was in Worcester for the lighting of the Newton Square menorah on Sunday: http://twitpic.com/3da5dt

  3. Ah Boots you’re a perfect case study in macho naiveté.

    Real men eh? How exactly do real men act? How bleeping sexist and ignorant of you. But you’re known for overt inanity.

    Not to say gays haven’t served just as honorably as heteros. In fact more hetros have served honorably than gays – statistically speaking of course. In fact more gays have been dishonorably discharged than heteros – statistically speaking. Keep in mind, more hetreos have died in combat than gays. Um… that sounds like heterosexual genocide.

    If gays want acceptance in the military, then should earn it like every soldier before them did. But in the machismo world of the military, broadcasting one’s sexual proclivity can only lead to problems. Machos aren’t particularly known for understanding and acceptance. Maybe Congress oughta outlaw macho behavior in the military? They regulate every else, why not that? But life is not fair and laws can’t change innate behavior.

    The solution? Gays should just shut-up. Do their job. Live their lives as they want, but be aware, they exist in a macho world. much. And use a little common sense regarding personal privacy. It’s always smart.

    You served? You sure you didn’t mistake the Boy Scouts for the military?
    Just kidding dude. So don’t go getting your camos in a twist.

  4. Boots

    Good old Will.W.W. – I have to ask you again. Which way is up? The majority of macho marines, according to their General on the Joint Chiefs, are against gays in the military. What are they afraid of? Some guy watching them in the shower? Of course they aren’t called “jarheads” for nothing.

    Willy says – “In fact more gays have been dishonorably discharged than heteros.” I say prove that “fact.” Dispensing opinion as fact is the way of the ignorant republican mindset.

  5. -Q

    Boots – thank you for your service to our country!

  6. You guys sure are dumber than a bag of hammers.

  7. Boots

    Right back to ya Willy. When Will.Will.U answer my question: which way is up? Maybe you & Scotty can get together and contemplate that?

    HooRa

  8. Will. W. W.

    Listen Boots. You still taking your meds right? Okay. Good.
    That explains why you’re slow on the uptake.
    You took my comment as intellectual discourse?
    Geez, talk about gullible. So the bag of hammers comment is valid.

    Listen I gotta heart for vets, even Boy Scouts. My great great great grandpappy served in the Civil War. He’s the guy who said, don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes. Wait. It was, give me liberty, or give me death. Aw heck. Now I’m all confused.

    What’s a 20 year E-1 get nowadays?

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