Scott Brown Plays Up LGBT Record Ahead Of Re-Election Campaign

Last night, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) played up his LGBT record during the 2011 Spirit of Lincoln Awards Dinner honoring his support for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The Massachusetts senator, who won a special election to fill the seat formally held by the late Ted Kennedy, is facing criticism for his less than stellar commitment to equality and preemptively released the text of his remarks ahead of last night’s address. “From the start, I made clear that I wanted to review the findings of the Pentagon report to ensure that a change in policy would not negatively affect in any way our troops currently serving around the world,” he said. “I supported repeal based on the secretary’s recommendations that it will be implemented when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed.” Brown did ultimately vote to lift the ban, but he initially opposed the process of attaching an amendment to the defense authorization bill to repeal the ban in 2010 but delay its implementation until President Obama, the secretary of Defense, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify the Pentagon’s review of the policy.