Sen. Scott Brown (Tea Party-MA) has announced that he will vote against repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" at Thursday's vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee, reports the Boston Globe.""Brown says that while he is keeping "an open mind" on future efforts, he believes the vote should be put off until the Pentagon has time to formulate a plan for implementing any new policy."
The former Cosmopolitan centerfold campaigned against marriage equality and against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell. In recent months, Brown has struck a more moderate tone and avoided stating a position on repeal. Brown was one of six "undecided" senators on the SASC targeted by repeal advocates. Activists were hoping Brown would vote for repeal after the conservative senator's recent vote to confirm the openly lesbian D.C. Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo.
Some good related news: Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who also sits on the Armed Services Committee and is generally supportive of LGBT issues, says she will vote YES on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. If you were reading R20 back in 2007, you may recall that Collins quizzed Admiral Michael Mullen on DADT repeal during his confirmation. At the time Mullen said he would "love to have Congress make its own decision" on DADT repeal.