US Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass), has released an official statement that announces his support for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that Republicans will oppose lifting DADT until the Democrats accept their demands on the Bush tax cuts, Brown's statement suggests that moderate Republicans might vote in favor of repeal despite McConnell's threat.
If repeal does not take place before the Republicans assume control in the House in 2011, then DADT will likely remain law for the indefinite future. Even if repeal soon takes place, the Department of Defense will undoubtedly have the authority to determine the timeline and substance of changes to the formal policy. These details will require immense scrutiny from DADT opponents.
Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent initially reported Brown's position on DADT, along with a copy of the his formal statement. New York Magazine, however, wins the prize for the best headline regarding this news item: "Scott Brown Does Not Care If You’re Gay If You’re Willing to Get Blown Up for America."