Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) Supports Repeal of ‘DADT’

According to a tweet from CNN's John King:


The Hill reports:

Brown broke with most Republicans to say he endorsed the findings of a Department of Defense report this week that recommended doing away with the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. 

"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," he said Friday in a statement. 

The statement lends key support to doing away with the ban, especially from a lawmaker who had long served in the Army National Guard. 


  1. justiceontherocks says

    1) If we lost him we had no chance, and he probably had no chance to be re-elected.

    2) What’s important at this stage is how he’ll vote on cloture.

  2. John B. says

    His comments are open to interpretation because pretty much all the military leaders claim they support the repeal of DADT but several of them hasten to add “but not right now”. This could very well be Brown’s position and I suspect many Republicans will take this seemingly principled (but ultimately spineless) position because it makes them look both open-minded and cautious while scuttling any realistic chance for repeal.

  3. Tank says

    I predict that he will vote no for cloture, and will find some procedural excuse like not enough debate, but that if cloture is somehow achieved which is unlikely, he will vote yes. So yes, he will have it both ways.

  4. Ninong says

    Scott Brown’s statement is very clear. He intends to vote for cloture and for the NDAA with conditional repeal of DADT attached. However, don’t forget that he, along with all other GOP senators, signed that letter promising to not vote for any bills until after Dems and Repugs reach agreement on the tax cuts.

    They have to pass something on the tax cuts first. If they take too long to agree on that, then the calendar will run out and DADT will die. And any amendments to it would kill it because that would delay it too much.

    Scott Brown is obviously aware of the views of the majority of the voters in his state on this issue and that’s the No. 1 reason he has decided to vote FOR repeal of DADT. After all, he’s up for re-election in 2012.

    What we need now is for three or four more Republicans to issue statements supporting repeal. It’s possible but I wouldn’t count on it.

  5. Michael says

    It will take all dems and 2 repubs to get 60 votes. Since a few conservative dems will probably vote no, more repubs are needed. I’m afraid this is another example of Brown making a “courageous” vote against party when he knows it won’t matter.

  6. Patric says

    Those above who’ve suggested that this is first and foremost a transparently political move are correct. Susan Collins (who certainly has far less of a history of public homophobia than does Brown) has been saying for months that she supports repeal and yet that didn’t stop her from citing objections to the amendment process employed by Majority Leader Reid as an excuse to block an up-or-down vote in September. This is not about Brown taking some courageous stand; it is about serving his own political interests in a state where it will be a political liability in 2012 if he is seen as having blocked repeal. As others above have noted, now let’s see whether he actually votes for cloture. If he does, that will be welcome news though it will hardly make him a hero (and will certainly not keep me from earnestly hoping that he is defeated in 2012 by a progressive without Brown’s own history of homophobic comments and actions).

  7. BobN says

    We really, really, really support you, gay troops, but those meanies in the Democratic majority just won’t let us help you, cuz they insist that we abide by majority rule…

  8. The Ghost of Harry Hay says

    Hmmm… weren’t the queers telling us last year it was horrible that he beat the Democrat? Guess what, folks. It’s not the D or the R behind their names that tells us anything. It’s their politics and its the pressure we put on them. If we sit on our asses and wait for politicians to give us equality, we’ll die of bedsores. If we fight, if we protest, if we organize, if we put pressure on them, we can pull them to our side. What idiots thought that a Republican Senator from Massachusetts wouldn’t support a repeal of DADT? The same idiots who think that Democrats anywhere will. If you do not fight, you will not win. If you do fight, there’s no guarantee, but at least you’ve now created the possibility that you could win. This applies most importantly to how we act towards the Democrats. So long as we let the Democrats slide, so long as we give them a free pass, so long as we make the same old tired cliche excuse “it will be worse under Republicans” when the Democrats attack us, we will not move forward. Thank them when they do good, protest when they do bad. That’s how you win equality. let’s try it for once.

  9. Patric says

    Sorry to interrupt your drooling over Scott Brown, TGOHH, but all we know so far is that he has twice voted on the fate of DADT, in May and in September of this year, and each time he voted on the side of those who want to retain the policy. Political pressures may yet well push the man who has previously referred to gay families as “not normal” to vote for cloture but the statement from Susan Collins later this afternoon should make crystal clear what many above have said: they are not yet committing to vote for cloture; they’ll come along only if they get a bonus tax cut for billionaires and, if they don’t, they’ll presumably vote against us again yet be able to say to easily fooled constituents like you that they “supported” repeal but it’s all Harry Reid’s fault.

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