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: