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Monday, September 20, 2010

Excerpts from Scott Brown's letter to a constituent regarding DADT

Proof that Massachusetts' junior senator is no friend of equality under the law, in a state whose voters are far ahead of the curve when it comes to gay rights.
     Current members of the military are required to abide by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that became federal law in 1993.  This policy restricts the United States military from forcing service members to disclose homosexual or bisexual orientation, while barring those that are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service.  In response to this policy, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 (S. 3065) was introduced in the Senate on March 3, 2010, and referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services where it was offered as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  As a member of the committee, I voted against this amendment, which was ultimately approved by a vote of 16 to 12.  Currently, the NDAA awaits further consideration by the full Senate.
 
     The service chiefs of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps sent individual letters to the Senate Committee on Armed Services expressing their support for not repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" until the Pentagon completes their ongoing review.  I agree with the views expressed by the service chiefs and believe it would be premature to act on a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” until Congress receives and analyzes the findings and recommendations of the Department's report. 

You can't take intolerance out of a Republican elected official. Bigots are his base; they are, ultimately, whom he must speak for first.

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