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Sen. Scott Brown: I’m backing DADT repeal

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said Thursday that he will support a stand along bill aimed at repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The Massachusetts Republican says he plans on supporting the stand alone bill, which passed the House on Wednesday.

Mr. Brown’s spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a statement Thursday that Brown accepts the Pentagon’s recommendation to repeal the policy.

The Massachusetts Republican voice support for repeal last week, before voting against it. Repeal was part of larger defense authorization bill.

Mr. Brown is the latest Republican to voice support for the measure. Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins have also voiced support for repeal.

All three previously voiced support of the measure last week, before voting against it. The final vote on the measure was 57 to 40. Democrats need 60 votes in order to overcome the threat of filibuster.

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