Senator Scott Brown, a Massachusetts
Republican, said Tuesday he'll vote against repeal of “Don't Ask,
Don't Tell,” the Boston Globe reported.
Brown is considered a critical vote in
the Senate Armed Services Committee that is expected to vote Thursday
on attaching an amendment to the defense budget that would repeal the
Clinton-era law that prohibits gay troops from disclosing their
“I am keeping an open mind, but I do
not support moving ahead until I am able to finish my review, the
Pentagon completes its study, and we can be assured that a new policy
can be implemented without jeopardizing the mission of our military,”
Brown told the Globe.
The committee includes 12 Republicans,
most of whom are leaning against voting for the measure, including
ranking Republican Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain has become
the face of opposition to repeal in the Senate.
Maine Republican Susan Collins appears
to be the only Republican maverick on the panel; she
said Tuesday she'll vote in favor of repeal.
After the White House and Pentagon
united in urging Congress to postpone repeal until it completes an
implementation study, support from conservative Democrats on the
panel softened. But on Tuesday, President
Barrack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed a compromise
measure that would delay implementation of repeal until after the
study is concluded and Obama, Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agree on the policy changes.