No filibuster on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

By Matt Viser, Globe Staff

Don't ask don't tell Scott BrownWASHINGTON – Senator Scott Brown, while still opposing repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, said that he would not mount a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on whether to permit gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

“No, no, no,” the Massachusetts Republican said in a brief interview yesterday, when asked if he would attempt to stop the measure from coming to a vote. “Filibuster’s never — it’s not my style. I want to make sure that we have a full and fair debate on it.”

Several staunch opponents, including Senator John McCain, have said they would attempt every possible way to block it, including a filibuster. But Brown’s stance makes it less likely that they could garner enough votes to stifle it.

The House of Representatives voted last night to repeal the 1993 policy, a vote that came several hours after the Senate Armed Services Committee took the same course. Brown, as expected, voted against the amendment in committee. He said earlier in the week that he wanted a vote to be put off until the Pentagon completes a study and formulates a plan for implementation.  Continue…


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