Scott Brown will back "Don't Ask" repeal 

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Ma., announced Friday he is ready to vote for a bill that would repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Brown, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, said he has  read the Pentagon report on the issue and talked privately to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

"I accept the findings of the report and support the repeal based on the Secretary's recommendation that repeal will be implemented only when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed," Brown said in a statement.

Brown's support of the repeal moves the Senate one step closer to passing the repeal, which is attached to a military funding bill and is expected to be on the floor for a vote some time during the lame duck session.

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