When Barbara Walters asked U.S. Senator-elect* Scott Brown (R-MA) where he stood on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, he said he’d wait to hear from the generals before making up his mind:
I think it’s important, because as you know we’re fighting two wars right now. And the most — the first priority is to — is to — is to finish the job, and win those wars. I’d like to hear from the generals in the field — in the field — the people that actually work with these soldiers to make sure that, you know, the social change is not going to disrupt our ability to finish the job and complete the wars.
His answer shows he trusts the military to set its own policies. I hope he’ll also consider the numerous studies which show that lifting the ban will not affect unit cohesion or morale.
So, it seems gay activists were wrong to fault this good man for supporting the ban. His answer shows that he harbors no animus against gay people and that his primary concern is the effectiveness of the military.